CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Bikers gathered in Chippewa Falls yesterday for the 14th annual Ridin’ for a Reason Rally.
Motorcycles filled the parking lot of Loopy’s Bar and Grill to ride for breast cancer awareness. Last year’s event was canceled but they were still able to raise 15 thousand dollars. Organizers hoped to double that this year.
Board members say this year’s event held a special meaning as the founder of the motorcycle rally, Angie Gibb Thomas, passed away in January of this year after a long fight with cancer.
“This year is probably going to be the biggest ever,” said Mike Keil, a board member for Ridin’ for a Reason. “For one the weather, two its longevity, but the founder Angie Gibb-Thomas passed away from cancer this year. A lot of her friends are coming who haven’t been in a while and a lot of the people that maybe come and don’t come are coming so it’s going to be a big event this year. As sad as that is, [there is] a blessing in a silver lining,” said Mike Keil, Ridin’ for a Reason board member.
All proceeds from the event will go toward Marshfield Clinic’s mobile mammography unit.