Reporting Mike Schuh
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Eyewitness News anchor Dick Gelfman has always been humble about the millions he’s raised to fight breast cancer with his Ride Across Maryland.
Mike Schuh reports how he and Marty Bass found a way to extend the fun into the football season.
Motorcycle riders have rolled out from across Maryland 11 times with their sights set on a single destination.
The goal is to raise millions of dollars to help fight breast cancer.
The annual ride is in the spring, but this Sunday will be a fall fundraiser.
It’s hoped the parking lot of Daniel’s Restaurant will be filled for a Ravens game tailgate– no motorcycle required.
“We’re family, and a lot of them have been affected by breast cancer,” said Terri Daniels, Daniel’s general manager. “Everyone knows someone who has been cursed with this disease.”
Family members who have survived breast cancer inspired Steve Imhoff to start “Team Carpe Diem.” On Sunday, Imhoff will seize the day.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for years and I finally got to,” Imhoff said. ”We raised $5,500 last year and we only had seven riders.”
The support from both individuals and corporations is strong.
“We truly believe supporting the communities where we live and work is equally as important as the insurance coverages we provide for millions of members,” said Greg Devou, vice president of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
For those who can not make the annual spring ride, this weekend is the opportunity.
The ride is now directly funding breast cancer organizations.
“What we are now is an organization that wants to reach out into the community,” Gelfman said.
Gelfman says if you have a good program that fights against breast cancer, they want to fund you.
There’s no admission charge. The tailgate starts at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Daniel’s on Washington Boulevard in Elkridge, Howard County.
To donate or request grant money contact Ride Across Maryland at 410-992-9999, or click here to visit the website.