The 9th annual Ride for Our Cancer Kids cruised through Lambton & Kent counties on July 7th. Ideal weather prevailed for the 90+ riders who ran the 210 km route, starting at Motorsport Harley- Davidson with stops at Parks Blueberries in Bothwell and a midpoint BBQ hosted by the Wallaceburg Optimists at scenic Mitchell’s Bay. Live entertainment and thousands of dollars in prizes in door prizes and generous packages for the Top 25 Fundraisers waited for them at the Stubborn Mule in Sarnia.
At the end of the day, they had not only reached the “Quarter Million Dollars Raised to Date” milestone, but had set a new record. $38,500 was being handed over to Childhood Cancer Canada to fund research at the 17 Children’s Hospitals
across Canada. Eight year old cancer survivor Julia Krause watched her dad with pride as he won Top Fundraiser, bringing in $2500 for the cause. Second place went to Brian Humphrey raising $2,218. Attendance from local bike clubs was down this year, setting the stage for a new “Club” to win the R.O.C.K. Club Cup. Team Zoe took home the trophy, Zoe being another survivor on hand and her father Jeff Klein being the sole member, raising $1770. Nineteen riders became members of the “R.O.C.K. 500 CLUB” raising over $500 for the event in pledges and online donations.
The R.O.C.K. or Ride for Our Cancer Kids began as a memorial ride for little Samantha Thomas who lost her battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in 2003, just three days before her third birthday. Her family keeps her memory alive through the event, hoping that the money raised by the R.O.C.K. will help researchers make those breakthroughs and save other children. They will keep riding and fundraising — CUZ KIDS SHOULDN’T NEED CHEMO!! For more info, go to www.rockride.com or email
Bob & Lori Thomas – R.O.C.K. Ride Founders