Ride to Benefit Cancer in Puyallup this Saturday
July 09, 2012Rally in Puyallup Sat. at 10:30, Party at Garage Plus After
Grief comes in many different shapes and forms and different people deal with the emotional fallout in various ways. For Ron Ross, dealing with his mother's loss to liver cancer was initially met by great sadness and disassociation -- almost a pilgrimage of separateness where he couldn't really talk about her passing or cope with it even on the most personal level.
But Ron Ross has now emerged from that emotional cocoon as a leader that is putting his efforts and focus on doing good -- on raising money to beat the disease, and helping others deal with the devastating loss of loved ones. You can join him and support these good works by joining his ride, Chrome Bikes and Loud Pipes Charity Poker Ride this Saturday, July 14.
The American Cancer Society (ACA) explains that Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer: bile duct cancer, cancers in blood vessels in the liver, and hepatoblastomas (a rare liver cancer usually found in children younger than 4) are other forms of liver cancer. The ACA says that about 28,720 new cases of primary liver and bile duct cancer are diagnosed each year, and that about 20,550 die from the disease annually. See risk factors listed on the ACA's website (
"Watching her battle this awful disease was difficult," Ron explained. "She battled for eight months until she had no more strength."
"The loss of my Mom devastated me and it took me awhile to get through the loss of her. It wasn’t until last year’s ride that I realized that helping other families and people fight this disease would help me heal."
Ron used the CBLP venue to benefit the USO and fallen soldiers last year. But now, more conscious of the impact events like this can have on consciousness-raising and personal healing, he decided to give proceeds to the American Cancer Association's Relay for Life. Ron shared: "I felt that I needed to help other people and their families so they didn’t have to go through the pain of watching their loved ones go through what my mom went through."
Fund-raising through Fun-riding
Ron's commitment to growing the venue has resulted in a day of activities and engagements that will definitely mean a lot of fun for motorcycle lovers, and absolute delight for the winners of the poker run and a bike contest. The person with the high hand in the poker run will go home with a big screen TV; the low hand will take home a laptop.
There is also a raffle with great prizes from Eagle Leather, Toscono's, Edward Jones, Big John’s Oil & Lube, Windermere's Cathy Morris, The Try band (made up of Members from the Boinkers), and other sponsors.
"Last year we raised over $4,500 in proceeds for the USO and Fallen Soldiers," Ron said, "and this year we hope to more than double donations and proceeds."
Eagle Leather is helping with special coupons: get one from Ron at the event and then visit Eagle Leather in Auburn or Lakewood. Eagle Leather will pay the American Cancer Association 5% of your total purchase price (offer expires and the end of business day, July 31, 2012).