Bikers prepare for fifth annual ride against cancer

LONG LAKE - Motorcycle riders from across the region will strap on their chaps for much more than a leisurely trip through the maze of fall foliage in the Adirondacks Saturday, Oct. 2 as T.H.E. Loop makes its 5th annual pass from Long Lake through Newcomb, Minerva, Johnsburg and Indian Lake. The event will raise funds and donates them directly to cancer patients in the local treatment centers.

This year, pledges and donations from the ride will be divided between The Image Fund at C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, Julie's Imaging Fund at the Adirondack Medical Center's Merrill Oncology Center, The Perfect Fit Boutique at Faxton-St. Lukes' Healthcare in Utica, and new this year, Rosie's Love - Friends of Children with Cancer based out of Albany.

The event raises between $4,000-$6,000 each year and organizers are hopeful that if the weather cooperates this year, they could break some records.

T.H.E. is much more than the first word in the events title, according to planning committee member Mary Lamphear. Touch, heal and empower have become the goals the T.H.E. Loop.

"It does exactly that for everyone involved," said Lamphear. "The people who donate, the people who pledge, the people who ride and the people who receive the funds all feel it."

Riders will leave Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake promptly at 11 a.m. and return around 1:30. There is no registration fee for this event and refreshments will be served at both the start and end of the ride. Riders and non-riders are encouraged to come to Mt. Sabattis Pavilion before and after the ride to support the cause and take a chance at some raffle prizes.

Aside from the raffle, every $20 pledge to T.H.E. Loop earns a chance for an overnight and dinner for two at The North Woods Resort on Fourth Lake in Old Forge.

Pledges can be sent to HC82 Box 574, Raquette Lake, NY 13436 or dropped off on the day of the event.

"Every dollar counts," said Lamphear. "Peoples generosity towards this event in the past proves that people care, the want to help and they can make a difference."

For more information, visit T.H.E. Loop on Facebook or call 315-354-4203.

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