OHIO VALLEY —The Meigs County Cancer Intuitive’s (MCCI) transportation assistance program received a check this week from a poker run held in September.
The Meigs County Cancer Initiative, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is composed of volunteers. With a slogan of “Early Detection Saves Lives,” the group is dedicated to reducing cancer incidents and mortality in the county. One of their programs provides gas vouchers and food cards for local patients travelling to medical appointments.
The 3rd annual Ann Morris Cancer Awareness Poker Run, held on Sept. 5 and 6, was organized as a fundraiser for MCCI by A. Lee Morris in memory of his mother. Morris is also a cancer survivor, and said he received help from the MCCI when he was undergoing treatment.
“They helped me with transportation costs during my treatments for cancer,” he said. “And I wanted to pay it forward.”
When Morris bought his motorcycle, he decided to organized a poker run to help support MCCI. An officer in the V-Twin Motorcycle Club, Meigs Chapter, Morris gained support from The Heaven’s Saints MM and Riding For Jesus MM.
Approximately 30 bikes participated in the two day event, which raised approximately $2,000.
Both Saturday and Sunday’s runs were launched from the Rutland Firemans Park in Rutland, where purple bandanas were given to all registering survivors. The event not only included rides throughout the county, but it was an opportunity to provide cancer awareness information to those in attendance.
The MCCI has regular monthly meetings that are open to the public. For more information visit the Meigs County Cancer Initiative Facebook page or contact Courtney Midkiff at 740-992-6626.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.