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.