Reporting Ron Matz
DARLINGTON, Md. (WJZ) – Motorcycle riders are considered some of the most generous people in the world, and this weekend in Harford County they’ll prove it again.
Ron Matz has more on a group of riders who are dedicated to helping Baltimore area cancer patients.
They’re revved up and ready to roll. Saturday’s Ace of Hearts Ride will raise money for the Red Devils and “Do Believe” and the fight against cancer.
“We were founded in 2002 by families of two young women who passed away early from breast cancer. Since then we’ve been devoting all our energies to improving the quality of life for breast cancer families here in Maryland,” said Jan Wilson, Executive Director of Red Devils. “For us this ride means a tremendous amount of money raised to provide transportation to and from treatment for breast cancer patients, meals and groceries, housecleaning and assistance with prescription co-payments. The funds raised will make an immediate and profound difference in the quality of life for people living with breast cancer.”
Dick Gelfman’s Ride Across Maryland was the inspiration for the ride.
“I did the Dick Gelfman ride about seven years ago. I saw and met a lot of people affected by breast cancer. I wanted to help them and I thought we could do something locally,” said Wayne Smith, founder Ace of Hearts Ride.
Nicole Spagna founded “Do Believe” in memory of her son, Dominic, who was seven when he died of brain cancer two years ago.
“It started when my son Dominic was in the hospital in 2009. I had an outpouring of people in the community that were interested in giving donations,” said Spagna. “Dominic was a very happy-go-lucky, strong, young boy. He loved superheroes. He continues to inspire me. Throughout everything he went through he never complained. He was always happy and always believed in miracles. I’m trying to live out his dream, try to find a cure for this monster that takes our children.”
Saturday’s ride begins in Darlington and goes up to southern Pennsylvania and back. It’s 48 miles altogether.
“The ride leaves Chesapeake Harley Davidson in Darlington. We go about 48 miles up through Harford County, Cecil County and up into Delta, Pa. and back down and it is police escorted by the Maryland State Police,” said Smith. “When I wake up on the day of the Ace of Hearts it really feels good. I love waking up on that day. It inspires me every year to work harder and the people behind me work extremely hard. This is our sixth year and we’ve risen close to $60,000 so far.”
There were more than 400 participants last year and even more expected on Saturday.
“Words can’t even express what this ride means to me, how amazing people are in a time of need. It shows you good people are still out there. Just to have all this support and for everybody to help me keep Dom’s memory alive, means more than anybody will ever know,” said Spagna.
People still have time to register for the Ace of Hearts Ride. For more information, click here.