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.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.