Motorcyclists Ride to Help Cancer Victim
Riders from area motorcycle clubs will take to the road on Saturday in a show of support for a widowed mother of two, who is fighting a battle with cancer.
Heidi Chase's husband, a member of an Army Special Forces unit, died in an automobile accident when she was still in her 20s. She put her life back together and formed a family unit by adopting two little girls. The children, Mary and Faith, are now 7 and 5
Then in January, she received a double diagnosis of breast cancer and bone cancer. She has been battling the after-effects of several surgeries since then. Now living with her parents, Pat and Jeri Patterson, in West End, she has round-the-clock care, while she undergoes radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
The Saturday afternoon benefit to help out with Chase's mounting medical bills is being sponsored by the Moore Chrome Eagles, and spearheaded by Steve Mallard. Chase's father, Pat, is a member of the group.
The event is being held in McDonald Brothers parking lot in Southern Pines, with registration starting at noon, and the ride beginning at 1 p.m. Registration fees are $10 for a single rider or $15 for a couple. According to Steven Mallard, between 150 to 200 riders are expected to take part, and they will tour Moore County on a 50 to 60 mile route.
Door prizes, food and drink will be available throughout the afternoon.
"You don't have to ride a motorcycle in order to come to the benefit, and any donations will be gratefully accepted," says Mallard.
If possible, Chase will be on hand for a short time late in the afternoon to thank all the people from the community that have supported her.
Her father speaks warmly of the generous help and prayers the family has received during the last few months, and says although Heidi has had some dark days, her courage and faith are outstanding.
"We haven't given up," he says. "We are looking for a miracle."
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