The Zionsville American Legion Riders will host the 12th annual Josiah’s Ride Cruzin’ 4 a Cure Sept. 22. The motorcycle ride will benefit two local children diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma.
“This year there were two families in need,” said Chrissy Koenig, a member of the Zionsville American Legion Riders. “We keep hoping and praying one year we won’t know of any family in need and we’ll just raise the money and put it in a savings account until next year, but that hasn’t happened yet.”
This year’s event will support Riley McGuire, a 9-year-old who was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year and Jackson Stout, 5, who was diagnosed with leukemia last year.
The day begins with a breakfast at the Zionsville American Legion. Cost is $5 for non-riders. A balloon release will follow to remember two sponsor children who lost their battle. Motorcycle engines rumble to signify the start of the ride at 10:45 a.m.
“A few years back it was just motorcycles, but at this point it’s grown to cars,” Koenig said. “We would (like) people to join us that way as well. During the ride we go to Hoops in Frankfort and then to Creekside in Crawfordsville. Both are family friendly establishments.”
Public festivities continue at 3 p.m. with bounce houses, face painting, entertainment and dinner.
“People can come and join us for dinner,” Koenig said. “The dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. We do a pulled pork dinner with macaroni and cheese, baked beans and desserts. Everything is family friendly, and the back room of the American Legion is non-smoking.”
Registration for motorcycle/car riders is $25 per person the day of the event. Pre-Registration is offered until Sept. 9 for $20 for one participant and $35 for two participants. To register, visit josiahsride.com or in person at the Legion.