Bastrop, like many places, has numerous community members fighting cancer, and to help them in their fight a Ride for Hope will be held Saturday, August 23, as a fund raiser for the Morehouse Cancer Fund.
The Morehouse Cancer Fund was started in 1989 by cancer patients who wanted to help other community members that were fighting cancer. It is a non-profit organization and helps cancer patients in Morehouse with day-to-day expenses such as groceries, rent, medical expenses, and gas. All one has to do to apply is provide proof of residence and cancer diagnosis.
The Ride for Hope was started 11 years ago as a fundraiser for the Cancer Fund. It is run by volunteers including Leonard Farrar, Eugene Copeland and Bo Pepper.
“A friend of mine who had prostate cancer said I ought to go to one of the cancer meetings, and while we were there he said 'I'll do a motorcycle ride and Eugene will help me,” said volunteer Eugene Copeland
The event includes a motorcycle ride, entertainment provided by the Renegade Band, a silent auction, other on-site fundraisers, door prizes, and hamburgers for those who pre-register. Those who pre-register will also receive a t-shirt. This year's event will include a gospel singing with the Sanctuary Quartet and Southern Revelation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the day of the ride. It's not just about entertainment though.
“They have a candlelit ceremony where people come and donate money in honor of the survivors and in memory of those who passed,” said Copeland.
Cancer survivors are honored at the event and get in free. Their pre-registry t-shirts and hamburgers are free as well.
Various businesses donate money on different levels to sponsor the event. They also donate meals, merchandise, and other goods for the silent auction.
The event takes place at the Bastrop Municipal Center, and check-in time is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration forms must be turned in by August 14. It's usually attended by 100 to 150 bikers. The event will take place rain or shine.
Volunteers, sponsors and riders alike enjoy the event and are proud to help support community members who may be going through tough times.
“Motorcycle riders have big hearts,” said Copeland. “Most people think its just a motorcycle ride, but its really about the cancer patients and survivors.”
For more information or to pre-register, contact Eugene Copeland at 318-282-6039 or see the form on the Morehouse Cancer Fund Facebook page.