Rid­ing for a cause

Over 800 mo­tor­cy­clists par­tic­i­pate in Rally for Hope

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

FAIR HILL

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Hun­dreds of mo­tor­cy­cles were parked at the Ch­e­sa­peake Har­ley-David­son deal­er­ship in Dar­ling­ton be­fore the Rally for Hope ride be­gan at noon on Satur­day.

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