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Cyclists deliver Christmas gifts to pediatric patients

Caption for photo below: Bridget Vazquez, of Naperville, and her son, Logan, a patient in the neonatal intensive care unit at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, accept a Christmas gift Saturday from Pedal Heads cycling club members Vicky Tate, from left, Todd Crisman and Vita Zadura.

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill – A group of 25 local bicyclists wearing Santa suits, reindeer antlers and other holiday attire pedaled from downtown Downers Grove to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital to deliver Christmas gifts to young patients on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Because the cyclists delivered so many presents, they will be stored at the hospital and given throughout the Christmas season and beyond to children who are seen in the emergency room, in inpatient units and in the laboratory for various procedures such as MRI tests.

“We spread the cheer through the whole year,” said Peggy Farrell, manager of the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Premature infant Logan Vazquez, of Naperville, received a small light-up snowman from the cyclists. He has been a patient in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit since his Oct. 2 birth at 1 pound, 14 ounces; he now weighs 3 pounds, 14 ounces.

The gift-giving event was a first for the Pedal Heads, a group of bicyclists associated with the Downers Grove Bicycle Club.

“I’m pleased to say our first toy drive ended up being a huge success,” said Vicky Tate, Pedal Heads team captain and group exercise instructor at the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center. “My heart is overflowing with joy.”

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