Annual Cancer Ride Saturday

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Both women have been affected by cancer in some way.

And they both have a desire and a passion to help others in their fight.

The third annual Ride Because We Care Four-Wheeler, ATV, Motorcycle Ride, which is organized by Destrie Brown and Pam Shawver, is Saturday, May 7.

Pam Shawver and Destrie Brown have again organized the Ride Because We Care event, which is Saturday, May 7. Riders are asked to pay a $10 donation to participate. Money benefits the American Cancer Society.

Pam Shawver and Destrie Brown have again organized the Ride Because We Care event, which is Saturday, May 7. Riders are asked to pay a $10 donation to participate. Money benefits the American Cancer Society.

The ride will start at the Shawver’s shop at 1840 Riverdale, which is different from pervious years. Breakfast burritos will be served beginning at 8 a.m. by the Kiwanis Club. All the money raised will go to the Kiwanis Relay for Life team.

The ride will leave the Shawver’s shop at 10 a.m. Organizers are asking those who participate in the ride for a $10 donation. Halfway through the ride there will be a stop at Scott’s Park for a barbecue lunch. A donation of $5 is asked. There will be salads, cookies and chips.

More than 150 people attended the ride last year and the women hope to see a larger turnout this year. The first ride in 2014 netted $2,500 and last year’s ride brought in $6,500, which was donated to the American Cancer Society.

The ride is near and dear to both Mrs. Shaver and Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Brown had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has lost many close friends and family to the disease. Mrs. Shawver lost her mother-in-law and mother to cancer. She has also had a sister and sister-in-law who are survivors.

“Pam and I realize that not everyone has the same passion as we do to help the American Cancer Society, but if a person thinks about it they have known or now someone that has been affected by cancer in some way,” Mrs. Brown said.

The ride is a total of 40 miles. A special invitation is extended to all cancer survivors or those still battling cancer, Mrs. Brown said.

In addition to the ride, there will be a variety of raffles and a silent auction. You do not need to be present to win a raffle item. Tickets are available ahead of the ride. Call Mrs. Shawver at 582-3664 or Mrs. Brown at 568-0034 to purchase tickets.

“Pam and I want to thank our community and the surrounding communities for all the support and donations that have come in this year to help in the fight against cancer,” Mrs. Brown added. “We would also like to give a very special thanks to our husbands, Rick and Duke, for all their support and help with this ride. It is a lot of work and we thank them for helping us with something that is so dear to our hearts.”

To see raffle and auction items, visit the Facebook page Ride~Because We Care.

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