Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride raises nearly $10,000 for area cancer patients


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Local motorcycle riders took to the mountain roads recently for a great ride and a great cause, raising nearly $10,000 during the annual Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride benefiting cancer patients.

The event, put on by Mountain States Foundation, brought out 49 bikes and raised $9,770 to provide assistance for patients at the Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) Regional Cancer Centers.

“I want to thank our sponsors and riders who made the event a success,” said Karen Clark, Mountain States Foundation’s corporate director for Fund Development. “It’s through their support that we’re able to assist cancer patients in their time of need. This benefits our Circle of Hope program which assists cancer patients with needs such as gas vouchers, prescription assistance and much more.”

The ride took place June 1, starting at the Market Street Centre parking lot across from Jim’s Motorcycle Sales.

The 73-mile route took riders past Niswonger Children’s Hospital at the beginning of the ride before following I-26 to Unicoi County, then going over Spivey Mountain into North Carolina and along the Nolichucky River. Riders than came back over Indian Grave Gap, past Rock Creek and into the town of Unicoi before returning to Johnson City. Ride time was about two hours.

“The weather for the ride was great with perfect temperatures and bright sunshine,” said Jeff Clinebell, senior project manager for Construction at MSHA and one of the event organizers. “The streams and waterfalls were full from the spring rainfall this year. It was a beautiful ride, and we already have thoughts and ideas about next year’s event.”

For photos and more information about the event or about other Mountain States Foundation fundraisers, visit www.mshafoundation.org.



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