Charities benefit from Parins Cruise

The Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer, a motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients and families throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, presented checks to six local cancer support organizations Tuesday at the Lambeau Field Atrium.

The funds distributed were raised in last year's inaugural Cruise for Cancer.

Parins, the Packers director of corporate security and organizer of the event, distributed money to the following organizations: St. Vincent Hospital/Compassionate Care Fund, Unity Hospice, Families of Children with Cancer, American Cancer Society, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Mary's Hospital-A Woman's Place.

Earlier this year, two other groups, Ribbon of Hope and the Breast Cancer Family Foundation, received money as well.

All told, Cruise for Cancer distributed $27,500 in proceeds from last year's event.

Parins also previewed the second annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer, to be held on Saturday, June 11.

Diagnosed with cancer in 2003, Parins was strengthened during his journey by the support he received from his family and friends and witnessed many families who also were 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.

This year's 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.

Pre-registration is currently available through 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. Also, registration will occur at Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Peshtigo beginning at 10:00 a.m. Additionally, riders who pre-register by June 5 are eligible for a chance to win a Packers autographed item.

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.

Additional information including the ride route can be found at Further questions can be directed to Sherry Schuldes at 920/569-7500.

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