Calera motorcycle ride benefits fire chief's fight against cancer

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Calera residents are uniting in the fight against cancer, and in support of the city's long-time fire chief who is battling leukemia.

The city's fire chief of more than 20 years, Tommy Moon, was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia in May.

Members of the Harvest Chapel Church in Calera decided to host a charity motorcycle ride to raise money on behalf of Chief Moon for the American Cancer Society.

"It makes you feel good to know you are helping anybody, anybody at all, that is what it is all about," says event organizer Larry Smith.

Chief Moon says he appreciates the outpouring of support from the community.

"To know that people are thinking about you, and praying for you, it is a big lift in your spirits, because you are facing something you didn't know you would face."

In addition to hosting a charity motorcycle ride, Calera firefighters also shaved their heads in support of Chief Moon, and sponsored a blood drive.

The 90 minute motorcycle ride will kick off Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

Anyone can participate. The cost is $25 per bike and $5 per passenger.