LAKE PLACID - An area motorcycle club has been doing its part to help fight cancer, and it rolled into town this past weekend.
On Saturday, June 21, the Born Twisted MC held its Third Annual Cancer Sucks run as a fundraiser benefitting the Vernon Merrill Oncology Center at the Adirondack Medical Center. The riders covered 70 miles and started from the Whiteface Range Hall in Wilmington. It ended at the same location with a dinner and a benefit auction.
With just four members, Born Twisted is about as small in number as a motorcycle club can be, but the group was able to raise $1,500, which was $500 more than it did a year ago. This time around, 63 motorcycles, including some with passengers, took part in the ride that covered a route through Essex and Clinton counties. Towns visited along the way included AuSable Forks, Keeseville and Lake Placid.
Riders pose at their stop in Lake Placid Saturday, June 21 during the Cancer Sucks event.
(Photo — Lou Reuter)
"As a club, we are all local, and we want to help out our community," said member Mike Dashno. "This is our third cancer run and the second year we've done it for the oncology center, and we had an awesome turnout. Last year, we raised just under $1,000 and kicked the rest in, and we came in just below $1,500 this year, so we added the rest.
"Participation was up from last year," Dashno added. "We had a lot of motorcycle clubs involved. When other clubs have a function, we go, and we we have one, they come to us. We pretty much put a bunch of flyers out and used word of mouth and Facebook to advertise. Everybody helps everybody out when a good cause is involved."
Dashno said he would like to see his club's annual cancer ride continue to grow.
"We've had this three years, and it's gotten bigger each year," he said. "This run gets better every year. Hopefully, that will be the case again when we do this for the fourth time next year."
In addition to Dashno, Jason Shores, Randy Riley and Cory Callahan are members of Born Twisted.