Ride for Dad thanks Legion, plans 2016 return

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 received recognition for being a part of last spring’s Ride for Dad last Tuesday afternoon.

Officials from the Windsor chapter of Ride for Dad stopped by the Amherstburg Legion to present a plaque as a way of thanking them for being a stop on the fundraising tour. Amherstburg was the first stop on the May 24 ride and will be the first stop once again on the May 22, 2016 ride.

Cealia Gagnon, who attended Tuesday’s presentation with fellow Ride for Dad representative Larry Burgess, said this year’s Ride for Dad raised over $73,000 for prostate cancer awareness and treatments. Over 850 riders participated.

“We’re hoping to surpass all of those numbers next year,” said Gagnon.

The Motorcycle Ride for Dad recognized the Legion last Tuesday for its participation in the 2015 event. On hand for the presentation were Cealia Gagnon and Larry Burgess from Ride for Dad, Legion president Dennis Purdie, Legion event organizer Kevan Carroll and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.

The Motorcycle Ride for Dad recognized the Legion last Tuesday for its participation in the 2015 event. On hand for the presentation were Cealia Gagnon and Larry Burgess from Ride for Dad, Legion president Dennis Purdie, Legion event organizer Kevan Carroll and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.

Burgess noted that riders enjoyed the trip into Amherstburg with Ride for Dad officials also being grateful for the welcome they received once they got here. The Amherstburg Fire Department brought their ladder truck with a large Canadian flag to help greet the participants.

“The Legion did a phenomenal job getting 850 people through here in an hour,” said Burgess.

The Ride for Dad officials thanked all of their supporters and extended invitations for next year, including having Mayor Aldo DiCarlo as a celebrity rider. DiCarlo, who has recovered from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in September, said he will consider the offer.

“The town definitely wants to thank Ride for Dad for including Amherstburg in the route,” said DiCarlo, who noted his father had prostate cancer.

“On a personal note, I think a lot of people have been affected one way or the other.”

The mayor added the event is creating awareness, something that is very important.

“Hopefully we keep getting people checked. Early diagnosis is the key,” said DiCarlo.

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 president Dennis Purdie said he just had his prostate removed and was thankful to the Ride for Dad committee and the Legion for working together that day.

“The Legion is more than willing to help,” said Purdie.

 

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