Bikers raise money for The American Cancer Society

CALERA, AL (WBRC) - The Harvest Riders biker group out of Calera ditched the tough image on Saturday afternoon to help fight cancer. They strapped on their helmets and revved up their engines in an effort to raise money and awareness for The American Cancer Society. "We can have fun and fight back," explained organizer Steve Roberson. About 50 bikers took to the streets … "Crusin' for a Cure." The 110 mile ride was also a ride in memory of former Calera Fire Chief Tommy Moon. "There's just numbers of people in this town that literally owe their life to Tommy," said Roberson. Moon was diagnosed with Leukemia in May 2009. Three weeks later he was told he was cancer-free. But that September Moon came down with pneumonia and passed away about a month later. Moon was able to attend the 2009 "Crusin' for a Cure" ride. His wife, Hilda Moon, said she believes he was there in spirit this year. "Last year was a ride in honor, which was very special. I wish this one was, too. But in memory, he's still with us," explained Hilda. "He was overwhelmed last year with the support. And it means a lot to us because he even got to know, before he passed away, how much he meant to this community." "He helped us in so many ways," said Roberson. "People looked at him like a hero." The Harvest Riders now hope to pay it forward – one ride at a time. "Our root effort is just to show people compassion and love. We're all people, and we're all in this together. And given the chance to help each other out… we respond," explained Roberson. The Harvest Riders plan to make "Crusin' for a Cure" an annual event.

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