The Hope on Wheels charity motorcycle ride scheduled for Saturday, May 18th has been delayed due to rain. The ride will take place on Saturday, June 1.
Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients
Tenn. – The fifth annual Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride benefiting cancer
patients is set for June 1 beginning at 11 a.m. The ride has drawn 60 to 80
participants in previous years and raised between $8,000 and $10,000, to help
local cancer patients with ancillary needs like transportation, wigs and
The event is
organized by the Mountain States Foundation, and proceeds go to the Regional
Cancer Center at Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA).
“We hope to
raise at least another $8,000,” said Jeff Clinebell, senior project manager for
construction at MSHA and one of the event organizers. “It’s a really nice ride,
and it benefits a great cause.”
will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the MSHA Market Street Centre
across from Jim’s Motorcycle Sales. Breakfast and a lunch of hamburgers
and hot dogs will be available for purchase, as well as door prize tickets.
There will be a
free t-shirt for each motorcycle registered, and t-shirts will also be
available for purchase at $10 apiece. All proceeds go to the cancer fund.
ride, which takes about two hours, includes a pass by Niswonger Children’s
Hospital right at the start. Weather permitting, patients from the hospital and
their families often come out to watch the motorcycle procession and wave at
Then the ride
goes to Unicoi County and winds through Cherokee National Forest and into North
Carolina, following the Cane River and passing two waterfalls along the way.
“This route is
absolutely spectacular,” said Karen Clark, corporate director of fund
development for the Mountain States Foundation. “There are waterfalls and
little brooks and streams everywhere, and the road follows a rolling,
serpentine pattern that motorcyclists love.”
provide assistance to pediatric and adult patients undergoing cancer treatment
at any of MSHA’s Regional Cancer Centers.
from all across our region to support this ride, partly because the ride itself
is so much fun, and partly because they truly see the need for supporting this
program,” Clark said. “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.”
registration fee is $20 per motorcycle. A rain date has been set for Saturday,
information, call Tim Bullock at 423-431-7775 or email BullockT@msha.com, or visit www.mshafoundation.org.