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Benefit ride set for Warner Robins police officer battling cancer

WARNER ROBINS -- A benefit ride for a Warner Robins police officer battling cancer is scheduled for May 16.

The Roughnecks Motorcycle Club of Middle Georgia is hosting the ride to raise funds to help Officer Pratt Martin and his family with hospital and travel bills. Club members include active and retired public safety and military members.

“We’re trying to help him out anyway we can,” said Chris Welch, the club’s road captain who leads the rides. “It kind of touches close to home.”

The ride is scheduled to start at the Macon Harley Davidson store, 5000 University Drive. Registration is 9-11 a.m., with kick stands up at 11:30 a.m. The ride will end at Martin’s BBQ, 1281 South Houston Lake Road in Warner Robins.

The cost is $20 per bike plus $10 for a passenger. Also planned is a 50/50 raffle and an auction.

Lunch will be catered by Martin’s BBQ and The Butcher Shop.

In addition, for those not riding, barbecue chicken plates will be available for pickup from 11-1. Tickets for the $10 plates are on sale, and only 500 are available.

Other fundraisers have been held for Martin, and a benefit fund account has been set up for him at the Combined Employees Credit Union, 593 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, 478-929-5700.

Martin, a 20-plus law enforcement veteran, has been with Warner Robins police for more than six years. He’s diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer. The stages of cancer are 0 to 4, with Stage 4 including spread to other organs or other parts of the body.

To order a barbecue chicken plate, call 335-6871, 919-3432, or 338-3082, or stop by Martin’s BBQ or The Butcher Shop at Lake Joy and Ga. 96 in Warner Robins.