Saturday morning local motorcycle and jeep aficionados hopped onto their rides and took to the streets to help raise money for friend going through breast cancer.
Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies, family friends, and folks who just love bikes or hate cancer gathered at the H& H construction building on Hogansville Road to participate in a motorcycle/ jeep benefit ride to show support and help a local friend pay for the massive costs of cancer treatment.
Patricia Smith, who has long worked in the records office at the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer last November, so family friends organized the event to help her out with medical bills and to help show that’s she not alone in her ongoing battle.
Dozens of jeep riders and motorcyclists attended the event to ride together in support of Patricia and against breast cancer.
The cyclists and drivers took opposite routes, with the jeeps headed toward Hogansville and circling back to La-Grange and the motorcycles following the same path, just going the opposite direction.
After the ride, the attendees returned to a cookout with grilled hamburger lunch plates, door prizes, and a 50-50 raffle.
The door prizes and food were donated by local businesses, so the entirety of the proceeds from the event could go to the Smith family for costs associated with her treatment.
Sheriff James Woodruff kicked off the ride with a prayer for safety during the event and healing for Patricia.
The event was not only a big success because of the spirits and funds raised; it showed Patricia exactly how much she is loved.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer