A group of local motorcyclists are offering their support for a cure to childhood cancer next month.
The American Legion’s riders’ club will host a Ride for the Cure on Aug. 13, with 100 percent of proceeds going to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Mark Barr, a member of the Sons of the American Legion and the riders’ club and organizer of the event, said there are few charities which do more than St. Jude’s.
“It’s one of the best charities out there,” said Barr. “They do a whole lot for those touched by childhood cancer.”
According to St. Jude’s website, the Memphis-based research hospital spends more than $2 million daily on operational costs, most of which is funded by donations. It has emerged as a world leader in pediatric cancer research, treating nearly 8,000 patients per year.
Curesearch.com states an average of 43 children are diagnosed with cancer each day in the United States.
Barr said the club was quick to support the cause.
“After I was approached about it, I asked the other members,” explained Barr. “The guys were behind it 100 percent.”
Barr said bikers often get a reputation for being bad boys, but the Legion riders are just a “colorful” bunch of people who are always looking for something they can do to better the community.
Barr said charity rides are a way the group can support the community.
“We’ve done a number of other rides in the past,” noted Barr. “This will be the first we’ve done for St. Jude’s.”
Registration for the event, which will include a poker run and a meal served at Veterans Memorial Park at the event’s completion, will begin at 8 a.m. at the park on Aug. 13.
Barr said the ride will begin at noon. The course will take riders north into Hillsville, Virginia, and over to Grayson County, before ending back at Veterans Park.
The cost is $15 for a single rider and $20 for a couple riding together. Barr indicated motorcycles and other vehicles are welcomed.
There is no rain date set for the event.
“If the weather turns out alright, I think we will have a great event,” remarked Barr.
Barr encouraged anybody with questions about the event to call him at 429-9669.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.