The 19th Annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer event was held on Sunday, June 5. The day started with 280 motorcycles led by local volunteered Police and Firemen, which paraded through the streets of Green Bay.
Three cancer families were in vehicles driven by Parin’s grandsons. Every year, Parins picks a few families dealing with cancer, to honor on the day of the event. “No One Fights Alone” was this year’s motto. This day shows the families support and that they are not alone in their battle.
The public joined in the fun in the afternoon for live music, food trucks, live and silent auction, bucket raffles and Packer autographs to help support the fundraiser. Over 500 people attended the event.
Jerry Parins who battled his own cancer in 2003, has joined Vandervest Harley-Davidson in raising money for cancer 501c3 local organizations over the past 18 years. Many other organizations have added to the foundation over the years like the Drift Inn, DePere.
To kick off this year’s ride, $144,000 was donated to nine organizations from last year’s donations: HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital-Child Life, Green Bay Oncology, Ribbon of Hope Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Colton’s Cure, Ovarian Cancer Community Outreach, Bellin Child Life, Unity Hospice, St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Compassionate Care. Approximately the same amount of money was raised at this year’s event.
Top Pledge winners for the day were Jim Stallard, Amy Pruitt, Lynn Vandervest and Penny Duggan, all of Green Bay.
This year’s ride was also a success thanks to the Packerland Harley’s Owner Group, for volunteering their time to help work the event, and to all the area businesses that made pledges and donated raffle baskets and auction items for the day. Also thanks to the Green Bay Packers for their support all these years.
You can learn more about the annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer at www.cruiseforcancer.org.