Ride for a Purpose raises money for cancer victims in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – If you were around Alexandria late Saturday morning, you may have noticed a group of bikers heading through town; all spreading the message: cancer sucks.

It was for the Ride for a Purpose Foundation. This Indiana based group travels from state to state to hold rides to raise money for families affected by cancer.

When the group contacted Renegade Harley Davidson about putting one on here in Alexandria, they accepted without question.

They said it’s their goal to support those affected as much as they can.

“So this organization came all the way from Indiana to make sure that our families that are here locally from Central Louisiana are taken care of,” said Amanda Marcum, Renegade Harley Davidson. “And the cost of their medical expenses are covered, but also other expenses that you usually wouldn’t think of, utilities, food, electricity, water, things like that, gas so they can get to their treatments. Just so they can be taken care of.”

Among the bikers that came to the event were the Faith Riders from Philadelphia Baptist Church. They were out blessing bikes for anyone and everyone at the event.

They said events like these are great opportunities to refute negative portrayals of bikers.

“Most people look at a biker and they’re scared, you know,” said J.R. Brister, Faith Riders. “I’ve had it happen to me. I’ve got my church clothes on and everyone says ‘hey.’ But you put a vest on and people avoid you. Jesus ate with the sinners so we’re out here spreading Christ’s love.”

Along with the bike ride, the event also included live music, food vendors, and a 50/50 rally. All funds stay in Louisiana.

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