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Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients

May 29th, 2014 12:00 pm by Staff Report

Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients

The sixth annual Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients at Mountain States Cancer Care will be held Saturday, May 31.

The ride begins at 10 a.m. at the Market Street Centre in Johnson City.

The event is organized by the Mountain States Foundation. Registration is $20 per bike.

The event will sport a new course that goes through Elizabethton and then Stoney Creek on Highway 91 to Shady Valley, then west toward Bristol before returning through Bluff City and Piney Flats. The 77-mile course will take riders over two mountains, across South Holston Lake and past the Bristol Motor Speedway.

It will take about two hours to complete the ride.

Event-day registration lasts from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at the start/finish line. The Market Street Centre is at 1106 W. Market St., across the street from Jim's Motorcycle Sales.
Door prizes will be given out. There will be a free T-shirt for each motorcycle registered, and T-shirts will also be available for purchase at $10 each.

A rain date of June 7 has been set.

Proceeds will provide assistance to pediatric and adult patients undergoing cancer treatment by providing ancillary needs like transportation, wigs and medication. It's an easy way for local bikers to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients while enjoying the beauty of the region on their motorcycles.

"People come from all across our region to support this ride, partly because the ride itself is always so much fun, and partly because they truly see the need for supporting this program," said Karen Clark, director of fund development at Mountain States Foundation. "This helps people at their time of greatest need. When someone is coping with cancer, not only do they have emotional challenges to face, but they have financial challenges as well. This provides assistance on the financial end so those patients can focus on getting better."

For more information, call event coordinator Jeff Clinebell at (423) 431-7782 or email to ClinebellJL@msha.com, or visit www.mshafoundation.org/events

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