ride for roxy

The Covington News - - Front page - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

Rox­anne Hall, a breast can­cer sur­vivor, and her son Christo­pher and Crys­tal along with lo­cal friends and fam­ily, have started a mo­tor­cy­cle ride ben­e­fit to raise funds and aware­ness for breast can­cer.

A mo­tor­cy­cle poker ride that was started to raise money for a Cov­ing­ton woman di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer soon turned into an event to help oth­ers with the dis­ease.

Ride for Roxy be­gan in Novem­ber 2009 as fam­ily and friends of Rox­anne Hall, a 30-year Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent, joined to­gether to help out with her med­i­cal ex­penses. Over 150 mo­tor­cy­cles and ve­hi­cles rode through New­ton, Rock­dale and Henry coun­ties to help raise more than $14,000 for Hall’s ben­e­fit.

Chris Miller, Hall’s son, said at the end of the ben­e­fit, which was con­cluded at the 5 O’clock Bar, they had two peo­ple sac­ri­fice their hair to help raise money for their mom.

“We had two peo­ple auc­tion off at the end of the ride to shave their head for my mom and ended up rais­ing $1,000,” he said. “They lit­er­ally stood up there and said [they] would shave [their] heads if peo­ple raised $1,000 and ev­ery­body came up with the money and in the mid­dle of the bar floor, we shaved [their head].”

Crys­tal Miller, Hall’s daugh­ter, said her mother was di­ag­nosed with Stage I breast can­cer in Oc­to­ber 2005. She said her mother had a lumpec­tomy and re­ceived ra­di­a­tion ther­apy to help treat her can­cer. In Septem­ber 2009, Hall re­ceived the news that her can­cer had re­turned.

“[She] re­ceived mam­mo­grams ev­ery six months since her orig­i­nal di­ag­no­sis,” she said. “In Septem­ber when she went for her sched­uled pro­ce­dure, they dis­cov­ered a lump and per­formed a biopsy and dis­cov­ered that it was in fact can­cer­ous.”

Crys­tal said at the time, she was in Wash­ing­ton D.C. and she came back to Ge­or­gia to help take care of her mom. She said the doc­tors told Hall that the new strand of breast can­cer they was found was a much more ag­gres­sive can­cer. Hall and her physi­cians agreed that it would be best for her to have a dou­ble mastectomy.

“In Oc­to­ber of 2009 my mom be­gan [her] jour­ney through re­cov­ery as she had a dou­ble mastectomy,” Crys­tal said. “She also re­ceived four cy­cles of chemo­ther­apy and sev­eral re­con­struc­tive surg­eries throughout sev­eral months.”

This fall, Hall is cel­e­brat­ing three years of be­ing can­cer free. Af­ter help­ing their mom with the Ride for Roxy event in 2009, both Crys­tal and Chris made it their mis­sion to help oth­ers by cre­at­ing the Ride for Roxy Foun­da­tion.

“Ev­ery since mom was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, we’ve al­ways been big in breast can­cer fundrais­ing for re­search and that’s why we started our own foun­da­tion,” Chris said.

Crys­tal said the foun­da­tion is meant to help other peo­ple with their health costs re­lated to can­cer. Over the past three years the foun­da­tion, which Chris said is also spon­sored by sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses, has helped sev­eral other lo­cal women who suf­fered from some form of can­cer. The foun­da­tion has hosted four mo­tor­cy­cle rides and raised more than $35,000.

Crys­tal said in ad­di­tion to help­ing lo­cal women, she and her mom want to cre­ate a fund for women to help them re­ceive free mam­mo­grams and other pre­ven­ta­tive test to help fight can­cer.

“They’re peo­ple [who] don’t meet in­come guide- lines [and don’t] qual­ify for state funded in­sur­ance nor can they af­ford pri­vate in­sur­ance,” Crys­tal said. The Ride for Roxy Foun­da­tion hopes to be able to help fund these pro­ce­dures free of cost and save lives with early de­tec­tion. If it wasn’t for these an­nual or semi-an­nual pro­ce­dures, [my mom] would not be able to tell her story to­day. I’m very for­tu­nate to still have my mom with me and I want the same for ev­ery­one.”

Ride for Roxy friends and fam­ily gather for a photo at one of their mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ing events.

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