Motorcycle Ride for Dad rumbling into Amherstburg May 29

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The 2016 Motorcycle Ride for Dad will include Amherstburg again this year.

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 will be the first stop on the trip around Windsor-Essex County after it rolls out of the festival plaza along the Windsor waterfront May 29. It is the second year the Amherstburg Legion will be part of the ride.

Co-chairs Paul Bridgeman and Sue Garrett co-hosted a kickoff event last Thursday morning at Thunder Road Harley Davidson in Windsor with Garrett pointing out it is one of the largest rides around.

The 2016 Motorcycle Ride for Dad returns May 29 and includes a stop at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. A kickoff event was held April 21 and included (from left): Dave Lauzon from Legion Br. 157, ride co-chair Sue Garrett, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, co-chair Paul Bridgeman and Kevan Carroll from Legion Br. 157.

The 2016 Motorcycle Ride for Dad returns May 29 and includes a stop at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. A kickoff event was held April 21 and included (from left): Dave Lauzon from Legion Br. 157, ride co-chair Sue Garrett, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, co-chair Paul Bridgeman and Kevan Carroll from Legion Br. 157.

The Motorcycle Ride for Dad helps raise funds and promote awareness of prostate cancer and Garrett said research and treatment is now being done in Windsor and enables local patients not to have to head to Hamilton like they had to before.

“They can stay with family, stay in the community and they don’t have to travel,” said Garrett.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo attended the kickoff and said he will be participating in the ride for the second straight year. DiCarlo noted that his father died last year due to cancer with his father having had four kinds of cancer during his lifetime. The mayor noted his dad beat prostate cancer 20 years ago and credited that to early detection.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo speaks during the Motorcycle Ride for Dad kickoff event at Thunder Road Harley Davidson April 21.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo speaks during the Motorcycle Ride for Dad kickoff event at Thunder Road Harley Davidson April 21.

The event is being dedicated to the late Dennis Solet, who helped provide entertainment during the event in previous years. His brother Andy spoke at the kickoff and said his younger sibling lived for ten years with the disease “and did a great job of being supportive of anyone with any kind of illness.

“He devoted his life to others, gave them hope and gave them a reason to fight for their life,” said Andy.

Ride captain Ian Bentley pointed out the route, which also includes CBG’s in Colchester, Freddy’s in Leamington and Mr. Bigg’s in Lakeshore before returning to the festival plaza in Windsor. It starts at 10 a.m.

Kevan Carroll and Dave Lauzon from Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 were also at the launch. Lauzon said it is another way for the Legion to give back to the community.

“It keeps our town in the forefront,” he said. “It’s a great place to live and a great place to visit.”

Carroll said of the donations they make, 95 per cent of them stay in Amherstburg. There will be burgers and music the day of the ride and all are welcome.

“It’s great for the town and we are glad to be of service to the town,” added Lauzon. “We are an organization that supports activities in the community.”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men and symptoms include inability to urinate, difficulty stopping or starting the flow of urine, the need to urinate often especially at night, weak flow of urine, urine flow that starts and stops, pain or burning during urination, difficulty having an erection, blood in urine or semen and frequent pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs.

For more information, visit www.ridefordad.ca or www.pcff.ca.

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