Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-07-24

Samford University representatives recently presented a $3,000 check to Perry County-based Sowing Seeds of Hope ministry.

The funds, raised from the Old Howard 100 Bike Ride held in Perry County in April, will be used for pharmaceutical needs of patients who participate in hypertension and diabetes clinics held in Marion at the Perry County Health Department. The clinics, involving healthcare screenings, evaluations and monitoring services, are led by faculty and students at Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

About 240 bicycle riders and additional volunteers participated in the fourth annual bike ride sponsored by Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences. The ride begins and ends in Marion, where Samford was founded as Howard College in 1841.

Ride coordinators Rosemary Fisk and Bridget Rose presented the check to Sowing Seeds of Hope executive director Frances Ford during a July 16 ceremony in Marion.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.