Rain threat doesn’t de­ter Wendy’s Ride

♦ Fundraiser held for Wendy Cothran to help with ex­penses for can­cer treat­ment

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1­[email protected]­hoo.com

“At 11 a.m., we’re go­ing to ride,” or­ga­nizer Allen Ray said as he turned his gaze sky­ward.

Many events would have called it quits af­ter see­ing the dark clouds looming over­head, but Ray, the var­i­ous vol­un­teers, and the bikers re­fused to give up on Wendy’s Ride. The event was de­signed to raise funds for lo­cal can­cer pa­tient Wendy Cothran, and the re­ported 90 per­cent chance of rain didn’t stop dozens of bikers from do­nat­ing money and rid­ing that Aug. 18 morn­ing.

“We’ve known Wendy for a while,” Ray said. “We’re just try­ing to keep ev­ery­one in­formed, keep a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, and we’re go­ing to beat this. We’re not do­ing this for our health, we’re do­ing this for Wendy.”

Given a po­lice es­cort, the group made the two-hour, 87-mile jour­ney from Vic­tory Bap­tist Church into Alabama and back. Each rider con­trib­uted at least $25, and plates of food were sold for $6- all of which will ben­e­fit Cochran’s treat­ments and needs on her jour­ney to re­cov­ery.

“My jour­ney with can­cer started in Fe­bru­ary,” Cothran said. “It is a rare form of can­cer that only 1 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion has, of course, so I’m kind of a guinea pig. But ev­ery­one has been so sup­port­ive through­out this.”

Cothran is a long-time mem­ber of Vic­tory Bap­tist with ap­prox­i­mately 15 years of mem­ber­ship. While she was ex­tremely grate­ful for the as­sis­tance and sup­port from a group she’s called home, she still urged that the best care is pre­ven­ta­tive care.

“To any woman: get your screen­ings done,” Cothran said. “This was the first screen­ing I’ve ever had done. You’re sup­posed to get them at 40, but I waited un­til 50- which I would not rec­om­mend. Don’t ever put it off if you ever feel like some­thing is wrong.”

The par­tic­i­pants re­turned to warm meals, door prizes, and other awards. While the bat­tle against can­cer is dif­fi­cult, Cothran has been given an ex­tra weapon to fend it off.

“Peo­ple have been so sup­port­ive and help­ful,” Cothran ex­plained. “Even if it’s just drop­ping cards in the mail, all the small things have been a big help.”

/ Sean Wil­liams

Rid­ers took off with omi­nous clouds in the dis­tance on Wendy’s Ride, a fundraiser for a lo­cal can­cer pa­tient.

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