Aug 7, 2010: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The fourth annual Nicholson Cancer Bike Run will be held Aug. 7 and for the fourth consecutive year all tickets are sold out for the ride. More than 300 motorcycles are expected to ride this year and most motorcycles will have passengers, so that totals over 600 riders that will be participating in this year’s event, organizers said.
The motorcycles will depart from Ed Nicholson and Sons Sawmill at 11 a.m. and the ride will conclude with dinner at the Bullskin Fair Grounds on Route 982.
According to organizers, the ride was a dream of Scott Nicholson, who passed away in April 2007 after a three-year battle with cancer.
While taking treatments, Scott Nicholson saw what other families were going through and watched as people struggled with making ends meet, due to missing work to go to treatments and other doctor visits, organizers said.
Families do not plan for added expenses such as treatments, paying co-pays, paying for wigs and the list just goes on and on.
It is a continuous circle for some and Scott Nicholson was determined to help however he could, organizers said.
That is how and why the Nicholson Cancer Fund Inc. came to fruition.
“Scott did not live long enough to see this project through, but every year during the ride, his friends know he is right there with a big smile on his face,” organizers said.
The fund was created to help people living with cancer from the southwestern portion of Pennsylvania and, during its first year in operation, 15 families were assisted.
Since then, there have been more than 70 families that have been helped by the fund.
These families have primarily been from Fayette, Westmoreland and Somerset counties.
More than 75 volunteers assist with the bike ride, along with the local police and fire departments.
Charitable donations can be made to the Nicholson Cancer Fund, 2511 Springfield Pike, Connellsville, PA 15425.