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Pa. riders roll out to fight breast cancer

August 21, 2011|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • Cyclists prepare to leave the Waynesboro, Pa., FOE Sunday for a poker run to raise money to fight breast cancer.
Photo by C.J. Lovelace

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Accompanied by a police escort, close to 50 motorcycles rumbled through downtown Waynesboro early Sunday afternoon with the goal of raising money and awareness about a deadly disease.

After wet weather pushed the event back a week, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles riders from Chapter 1758 of Waynesboro, held a breast cancer awareness benefit poker run that started at the FOE and traveled about 40 miles around the area before returning to the lodge on Pa. 16, just west of Waynesboro.

Michelle Black, a charter member of the FOE and a breast cancer survivor, said she expected closer to about 150 riders for the event, but some rain in the forecast kept numbers a little lower.

“I’m riding for two of mine in memory,” Black said, adding that the uncertainties of the disease cause the most worries and fears for families. “Both of my grandmothers were hit with it and it was very hard on the family … My family is riding in my honor.”

Despite the overcast skies in the morning, sunshine prevailed as the ride started around 12:30 p.m. and brought together people from all around Pennsylvania, like Littlestown, Gettysburg, Hanover and Carlisle.

“We’re doing it for cancer and I think everybody goes out of their way for cancer,” said Randy Knott, vice president of the Waynesboro FOE.

“It’s great to see all these people come out when they don’t know everybody and ride for a good cause to help others,” Black said. “It’s absolutely wonderful.”

A poker ride is an event where riders travel together to several stops along a route and receive a random poker playing card. After all five stops, the rider who arrives back at the FOE with the best poker hand wins a cash prize, Black explained.

Stops included the South Mountain Hotel, Scooter’s on U.S. 30, Ventura’s in Fairfield, Pa., on Pa. 116, and the Unique Bar & Grille in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., before arriving back at the FOE.

Riders paid $10 each, as well as $5 for each passenger, but vehicles also could have been seen along the path on Sunday.

After a successful car wash and yard sale for the same purpose earlier this year, the FOE also is planning several other events to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and diabetes research, organizers said.

“Our next event will probably be in the beginning of October,” Black said.

With about 60 charter members of the Waynesboro FOE and around 800 nationwide and growing, Knott hopes the event becomes a yearly occurrence.

“I hope it stays,” Knott said. “Actually, I know it will.”

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