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Christmas in July — Holiday Spirit in Summer Heat

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Marshfield, Wis. (WAOW) -- Santa, in July? A funny sight.

Its called the Christmas in July Ride, and it's for a great cause.

After spending weeks in the Marshfield hospital, and being told by his doctors he wouldn't live -- Greg Cemke is still here today. His physician told him he better talk to god, because "there's a reason he left him down here".

Greg knew that reason, and six years ago he started this foundation. Now he's one of the top fundraisers for St. Jude's in the country.

"I play Santa for the Elks Club and other places and he says why don't we do Christmas in July at the hospital?" "I said you're on let's do that", recalled Cemke.

The one day event starts at Bull Falls Harley - Davidson -- where they ride 40 scenic miles -- to St. Josephs Children's hospital in Marshfield.

For the children -- the sound of the riders revving their engines coming over the hill is unforgettable.

"they're surprised that Santa's here -- in july. It's hot outside where the snow and the sleigh -- but santa is here, he arrives on his harley and they cant wait" said Children's Hospital childlife manager Heidi Giese.

This year the children weren't able to come down and meet Santa -- instead they watched from their windows

Every year the event is dedicated to a child ---this year it's Lucas -- a hodgkins lymphoma survivor.
And this year he got to go on the ride.

"It felt like I was in an airplane with the top gone" Lucas described.

After the ride, he's thinking about owning his own hot rod.

The gift of giving -- carrying the holiday spirit in the summer heat.

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Addison Van Patten

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