Volunteers raise money for Neonatal Unit by exercising

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Neonatal Intensive Care unit at St. Bernards got some help on Saturday while volunteers got some exercise.

The second annual Spin-a-thon began at 7 Saturday morning, and lasted until 7 p.m.

Participants signed up and paid to ride stationary bikes for one hour shifts, some riders even chose to ride for all 12 hours.

Rusty Guinn, a volunteer with St. Bernards, says this program is very important to new parents.

"Prior to the NICU the babies would have to go to Little Rock or some other place, and the parents would have to go and practically live down there for the six week period of time that the babies were in the NICU," said Guinn. "By having the unit here, it helps the parents. They can come here and stay with their babies, and it's just a great program for Northeast Arkansas.

Last year's spin-a-thon raised almost $10,000, and they hope to raise even more this time around.

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