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7/10/2013 6:06:00 PM
Motorcycle rally to support cancer patient
Erik Pague
Reporter

A motorcycle rally set to begin the morning of Saturday, July 13, will be bringing in donations and lending support to a cancer patient from Royal City. Riding for the Ribbons organizer Heidi Wickenhagen will be running the show along with her husband Travis as part of her Relay for Life Team's effort to raise money and said they will donate part of their earnings to the patient and the other part to the American Cancer Society.
Wickenhagen said she heard of patient Denise Andersen's case through a relative at Othello Community Hospital. Having organized a previous rally a few years ago called Riding for Dan, Wickenhagen said she was happy to put together another one for Andersen.
"One of the gals at the hospital is related to Denise Andersen ... and she's been fighting cancer for five years," Wickenhagen said. "She's a very well-loved lady from Royal City and there are so many people who are so willing to help her, so I think we'll have a good turnout."
She said the last rally she helped with was a good time and raised a lot of money. She hopes this one will work out the same. Her husband planned the route and she said he'll make sure riders have some good sightseeing opportunities throughout the morning.
"My husband is in charge of making up the routes and I know it's going to go through Royal City and along the Royal Slope because that's her hometown," Wickenhagen said. "He always picks a good route and really enjoys the rides he sets up."
The plan is to leave the parking lot at the hospital at around 11 a.m. and meet up at the end of the ride at the Town Hall Pub, which allowed the group to host a raffle to win donated items from motorcycle shops and will provide riders with special deals on food.
"We'll have donation jars at the Town Hall Pub so people can donate to Denise, also," Wickenhagen said. "They're going to put on a hamburger special for the riders."
Wickenhagen said she and her husband have helped in several of these kinds of cancer benefits and the feeling of helping people out never gets old.
"It makes us feel really good that we can help our community," she said. "It's a big deal to be able to help out in any way we can ... I feel like it's our way of giving back."
Riders can register at the rear parking lot of the hospital beginning at 10 a.m. and the plan is to meet at the Town Hall Pub at around 2 p.m. after the ride. The registration fee is $20 per rider and costs $15 for a passenger.
For more info, contact Heidi at wickenh@othellocommunityhospital.org or call her at (509) 331-8957. Travis can be reached at twickenhagen@msn.com or (509) 331-8958.





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