Cruise for cancer June 11

The second annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer, a motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients and families throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, will be held on Saturday, June 11.

Pre-registration is currently available through www.cruiseforcancer.org or at Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Peshtigo and Vandervest Custom Cycles in Green Bay. A $10 rider donation is required to ride in the event. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Lambeau Field on the day of the ride. Starbuck's Coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts will be available for the riders. Also, registration will occur at Vandervest Harley-Davison in Peshtigo beginning at 10 a.m. Additionally, riders who pre-register by June 5 are eligible for a chance to win a Packers autographed item.

The ride will leave Lambeau Field promptly at 11 a.m. Packers players and personnel will be on hand to make appearances prior to the ride. The first leg of the ride will lead to Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Peshtigo. Upon arrival in Peshtigo, food and beverage options, provided by Smokey Bones, will be available for purchase. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and music before riders head back to Green Bay.

Following the completion of the ride, a "Tailgate Party" will be held beginning at 3 p.m. in the Lambeau Field parking lot on the southwest side of the stadium. There will be live music by "The Orphans", beverages, and food provided by Kroll's West available for purchase along with a raffle, a silent auction, and a live auction. The Tailgate Party is free and open to everyone. Auction items include Packers tickets with a hotel stay for the season opener, a dinner for six on Lambeau Field's 50 yard line, a Mini Chopper motorcycle, several autographed items and more.

Parins, the Green Bay Packers' director of corporate security, was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. During his journey, he was strengthened by the support he received from his family and friends and witnessed many families who were also dealing with the affects of the treatment and disease. At the time, Parins pledged to help other families dealing with the disease and thus the Jerry Parins Cruise For Cancer ride was born.

All proceeds from the ride are donated to charities throughout Northeast Wisconsin to benefit families dealing with cancer. Last year's proceeds from the ride were distributed to: A Women's Place; American Cancer Society; Breast Cancer Family Foundation; Compassionate Care Fund at St. Vincent's Regional Cancer Center; Families of Children With Cancer; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Ribbon of Hope; and Unity Hospice.

Additional information including the ride route can be found at www.cruiseforcancer.org.


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