Capitol Corridor’s 2009 Stitch ‘n Ride Train Benefits Cancer Patients

Priscilla Kalugdan Press Releases, Promotions

Oakland, CALIF., February 28, 2009 — Today, Capitol Corridor’s special Stitch ‘n Ride(TM) train attracted 470 charitable crafters confirming the increasing popularity of train travel and demonstrating that charity and crafting are a successful combination in this economy. Capitol Corridor states 693 caps were collected on the one-day train event, making Stitch ‘n Ride the biggest mobile chemo cap drive in California.
“More and more crafters have discovered that riding the train is the best way to get to the annual Stitches West expo in Santa Clara,” said Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Managing Director Eugene Skoropowski. “Instead of sitting in traffic, crafters can enjoy the company of other knitters traveling to the convention, share ideas and showcase their prized projects to others. Stitch ‘n Ride is not only pleasant, easy and cost-effective, it’s the greenest way to go. A train with 470 passengers pollutes less and emits less greenhouse gases than 470 cars on the road.”
Again this year, Capitol Corridor offered a special dedicated train just for yarnaholics and combined fun with charity. “Not only do the Stitch ‘n Riders get free goody bags and the chance to win prize giveaways, they also have the opportunity to donate to cancer patients,” said Capitol Corridor Marketing Manager Priscilla Kalugdan. “We’ve teamed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to promote knitting for a good cause by hosting a chemo cap drive to provide warm hats for children and adults currently undergoing chemotherapy.”
“We are delighted to kick-off The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 60th Anniversary by partnering once again with Capitol Corridor for the 2009 Stitch ‘n Ride and chemo cap drive,” Megan Kilkenny, LLS San Francisco Chapter Senior Director of Marketing and Communications said.
“Stitch ‘n Ride is a very special opportunity to raise awareness about blood cancers, while also linking riders to our patients and our mission by doing something they love,” Brittany McFall, LLS Silicon Valley Chapter spokeswoman added. “This event truly demonstrates that there are many ways to get involved with our cause and make a difference in the lives of our patients.”
About Stitch ‘n Ride
The annual Stitch ‘n Ride event is sponsored by Capitol Corridor. The Stitch ‘n Ride train is a special dedicated train for crafters that features goody bags for passengers and onboard giveaways. Due to it’s growing popularity, the Stitch ‘n Ride train is the longest train that Capitol Corridor will run this year. Five years ago, the first Stitch ‘n ride event attracted 50 knitters. This year, 470 crafters rode the train.
About Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team in Training
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services; visit for more information.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (R) (TNT) is the world’s largest endurance sports training program. For the past 20 years, TNT has trained people to run or walk full and half marathons or participate in triathlons and century (100-mile) bike rides. To learn more about Team In Training, visit:
About Stitches West 2008
Stitches West takes place February 26th through March 1st at the Santa Clara Convention Center. It features the huge Stitches Market where crafters can pick up new yarns and other fiber arts goodies, classes to perfect a technique or learn a new one, fashion shows, book signings and demonstrations. For more information, visit