July 2, 2014

‘Shine up your ride & celebrate life’ - take a drive to help fight cancer

By Annette Tait

It doesn’t matter what you drive. Or what you ride. What does matter is that you care enough to participate in the 3rd Annual Kickin’ Cancer Ride & Drive to raise funds for cancer research and patient services. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Wolfie’s Place in Center; a street dance caps off the event starting at 8 p.m. All types of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome.

“Cancer is something that affects virtually every American,” Kickin’ Cancer Volunteer Mindy Rude said. “If an individual isn’t diagnosed with the disease, then the odds are that a member of their family, a friend or co-worker will get the news.”
The devastating effects of the disease take their toll not only on cancer patients, but also on family members, friends and coworkers. Ironically, this disease that can be completely overwhelming kicked a group of Center residents into action.
“Everyone who works with Kickin’ Cancer has been personally touched by either a family member or close friend who has battled cancer. It’s something we can all relate to,” Rude said. “[The Ride & Drive] is about celebrating the life we have, as well as celebrating those we have lost, and helping others fight back.”
The event was initiated, and continues to be planned and organized, by a group of individuals within the community who believe in community involvement and giving back. These individuals just happened to share a passion for motorcycles and cars, and that passion led them to choosing the ride and drive format for the fundraising event.

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