Riding for a cause
Over 800 motorcyclists participate in Rally for Hope
— The roar of over 800 motorcycle engines filled county roads on Saturday as riders participated in the third annual Rally for Hope fundraiser to support cancer patients.
Accompanied by a police
escort made up of state, county and fire police, the motorcyclists rode from the Chesapeake Harley-Davidson in Darlington to the Ed Walls Activity Center on the Fair Hill Fairgrounds. Once they arrived, they participated in a free after-party, which included a car and motorcycle show.
“These are people that don’t even know my patients,” said Beth Money, director of Union Hospital’s
Cancer Program. “It’s amazing, look at all the bikes, the friends, such big hearts.”
More than $28,000 was raised and will be able to help at least 2,000 patients, said Christy Miller, organizer of the event and a surgical first assistant at Union Hospital. Last year, $34,000 was raised, she said.
Proceeds from the event will go toward helping cancer patients with expenses that their insurance does not cover, Milller said. She said funds go toward bills, rent and other costs, which may be hard for patients to pay due to medical bill costs.
“They don’t need to be stressed,” Miller said.
Miller and her husband, Bob, are avid motorcyclists. Miller said she came up with the idea for the charity event through working with the hospital and wanting to help those who have cancer. Miller said it was “awesome” to see so many people participate.
Those who participated Dozens of cars participated in the car show on Saturday during the Rally for Hope.
in the event said cancer has touched their lives in one way or another.
Elkton resident Kimberly Spratt said she has been cancer-free for two and a half years after her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2013. Spratt said she rides for breast cancer patients and survivors. Spratt said she and the Steel Horse Guardians, a riding group based in Cecil County, attended the rally.
“It helps me because when you’re told the most devastating news as a woman
you need a lot of support, not just physically, but mentally,” Spratt said. “When you’re a survivor doing this ride, you feel like you’re giving back in your own way.”
She said those who are riding may pass someone who is fighting breast cancer or some other form of cancer and not even know it.
“I hope this raises enough funding so a woman doesn’t have to worry about money when she’s battling for her life,” Spratt said.
Dover, Del. residents Jerry and Elaine Bartlett said this is their first time participating in the event
Elaine said she lost her mom to stomach cancer 27 years ago and her mom is one of the reasons why she rides. Jerry, too, has lost family members to different forms of cancer and said he hopes a cure for cancer is found.
When motorcyclists arrived at Fair Hill, they drove under an American flag held up by two fire companies in the county. More than 100 bikes and more than 20 classic cars participated in the motorcycle and car shows.
Harford County resident Ivan Yarrow participated in the classic car show with his 1975 Bricklin. He said he found out about the event after passing the HarleyDavidson dealership and decided to participate.
Motorcyclists ride under the American flag as they reach the Ed Walls Activity Center on the Fair Hill Fairgrounds during the Rally for Hope on Saturday.
Kimberly Spratt, an Elkton resident and member of the Steel Horse Guardians, a riding group based in Cecil County, leans up against her motorcycle on Saturday.
Hundreds of motorcycles were parked at the Chesapeake Harley-Davidson dealership in Darlington before the Rally for Hope ride began at noon on Saturday.