'Ride in the Dirt for Cancer' raises $5,000 to fight disease

December 08, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The first "Ride in the Dirt for Cancer" fundraiser held at the Tomahawk MX track near Hedgesville, W.Va., earlier this month raised $5,000 for the American Cancer Society, track owner Chad Gochenour announced Wednesday.

Given the two-day fundraiser's success, Gochenour said in a news release that he hopes to continue the event annually.

Barbara Henry, community manager for the American Cancer Society in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, said the donation was especially appreciated given the impact of the economy on donations.

"But at the same time, cancer does not know we're in a recession," Henry said.

Most of the money donated to the American Cancer Society goes to support research initiatives, she said.

Henry, whose husband is battling cancer, said she hopes one day a child might have to ask what cancer is because of advancements made to find cures.

One of the highlights of the Tomahawk MX event Nov. 14 and 15 was the opportunity to educate young people about cancer and the value of their contribution to finding a cure, Gochenour said in the news release.


Gochenour credited the riders, spectators and volunteers who participated in the Ride in the Dirt for its success, noting that practice and entry fees were part of the donation made to the American Cancer Society.

Situated on 110 acres in Tomahawk near Hedgesville, Tomahawk MX operates the only 1.3-mile dirt motocross AMA-sanctioned track in the Eastern Panhandle. Since 2001, the track has attracted hundreds of riders from 25 states, according to the track.

More information about Tomahawk MX and the American Cancer Society is on the Internet at and

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