Cruzin’ 4 a Cure to benefit Zionsville boy with leukemia

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The Zionsville American Legion Riders will host the 11th annual Josiah’s Ride: Cruzin’ 4 a Cure Sept. 30. The event benefits local children diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma.

This year’s event will support Isaiah Elder and his family. Isaiah is a 3-year-old Zionsville boy diagnosed with leukemia in October 2016.

“Every year we try to find a sponsor family. It benefits different families every year, but the mission is always for families who experience having a child with leukemia or lymphoma,” said Chrissy Koenig, a member of the Zionsville American Legion Riders.

The day begins with a breakfast at 9 a.m. Cost is $4 for non-riders. At 10:45 a.m. motorcyclists begin their ride. They stop in Crawfordsville and Frankfort and return to the American Legion later in the afternoon.

Public festivities start at 3 p.m. with bounce houses, face painting and other kid-friendly activities.

“There are things going on for those who aren’t riding to be involved in while they’re waiting on the riders to come back,” Koenig said. “We’ll have our raffle and silent auction items that people can be bidding on. Dinner starts at 4 p.m. for $8. We typically have a pulled pork barbecue with sides.”

The evening will continue with a cover band and dancing.

“We would love for people to come out even if they don’t want to ride,” Koenig said. “This isn’t just for motorcycle riders. What the families have relayed to me is that the money that we raise is such a wonderful help with everything they’re going through emotionally. It takes a lot of worry off them.”

The cost to ride is $25 per person. For more, visit josiahsride.com.

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