The Hawgs 4 Hope dice run aims to create awareness of childhood cancer, and having more than 100 motorcycles rumble through Jones County ought to get some attention.
Participants can register at 9 a.m. Saturday at Harveys in Gray, and the ride will leave at 10:30 a.m. Riders will roll dice five times: twice at registration, once along the route and twice at the end of the ride, organizer Cindy Arnold said.
There will be prizes for the high hand and the low hand, as well as door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a live auction and a barbecue lunch. Proceeds from the police-escorted ride benefit Heathers Heroes, a named fund of the Jays Hope Foundation.
My daughter, Heather, is a 20-year survivor of a malignant brain tumor, and we didnt have anything like Jays Hope when we went through it. I started volunteering there about four years ago, and I loved the mission of Jays Hope and seeing all that they do for these families, Arnold said, adding that the named funds are a way to honor or memorialize a child who has fought cancer.
Money from the Heathers Heroes fund has been used to buy Christmas gifts, host birthday parties and provide meals and gas cards for patients traveling to Egleston Childrens Hospital in Atlanta.
Weve bought toys, pajamas, socks and underwear for the kids at Egleston. A lot of times, children from the area will get a fever and have to leave in a hurry, with just the clothes on their backs, and we try to help with the things they need in the hospital, Arnold said. We go to Atlanta quite a bit, and I just pop in and see what they need. Then I call Cindy Gaskins (at Jays Hope) and tell her.
Hawgs 4 Hope is in its third year and has grown every year, starting with 74 riders the first year and growing to more than 110 last year, Arnold said. She is hoping for 125 this year.
Arnold said she rides with her husband and that Heather will be there Saturday as well.
Its a fun event to create awareness for September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. If we can create awareness, we can create funding. If we can create funding, we can have more research. If we have more research, maybe one day we can find a cure, Arnold said.
Hawgs 4 Hope
When: 9 a.m. Sept. 28
Where: Harveys, 208 W. Clinton St., Gray
Cost: $20 registration fee, includes T-shirt