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  • Writer's pictureJim Clarahan

Evansville is Heaven's ville

Day 10 started with a red carpet welcome by my dear friends and colleagues at Harding Shymanski & Co. Very fond memories of working with the HSC team go back to 1992, when they joined the RSM Alliance. Retired HSC partner, Randy Shulz, made a guest appearance to say a brief prayer and blessing for my ride. Not to my surprise, Dave Papareilla, brings out his Pittsburgh Steeler's Terrible Towel mask. And not to be outdone, I was armed and ready with my new Packer mask (thank you to Mel Tevick!!!).

Trudy Stock, Lisa Frank and Dave inspected my bike, before heading to Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology. Thank you, Trudy, Dave, Lisa, and the rest of the HSC team for coming out to greet me!

On we went to the Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology, a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, where I was introduced to several staff, including CEO, Shawn McCoy. I was also greeted by my good friend and HSC retired managing partner, Steve Titzer.

I was very privileged to be given a private tour of the oncology center by Dr. Noah Taylor. The Deaconess Chancellor Center for Onology boasts two leading edge imaging systems called TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System. And while other cancer programs may offer similar testing equipment, it is my understanding that Deaconess is the only regional health system utilizing MD Anderson Certified radiation oncologists--Jon Frazier, MD and Noah Taylor, MD--to administer treatment with the TruBeam system. Immediately following the tour, I was interviewed by local Evansville's local media, which made the evening news.

Hugs, high-fives and well wishes for a safe journey ahead was the farewell as I left Evansville.

After a very brief gas stop just outside of Louisville, and then onward to Covington, KY, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. A beautiful skyline view from my hotel. And there in Covington, I discovered a hidden gem of a neighborhood restaurant within a short walk from the hotel - Blinkers. Sitting at the bar, a stranger quickly became new friend, follower and contributor to the Ride 4 Dray! Thank You!

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