By Mark Ambrogi
Cobe Scott has been through a lot in his short life.
Carmel American Legion Riders Post 155 wants to do its part in helping ease his family’s burdens.
Cobe’s Kickin’ Cancer Poker Run Ride will began at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 at the American Legion Post 155 in Carmel. The motorcycle ride is expected to go to 4 p.m. and be followed by pizza and chicken wings at the Post.
“This is our signature ride for charities,” said David Zwergel, a Carmel resident who is leading the ride. “Last year we did one raising money for Dogs for Veterans.”
Cobe’s mother, Leslie Scott of Lizton, made an appearance at the Legion to discuss her son’s medical issues. Cobe, who turned 1 year old in July, has a relative who is a member of American Legion Post 155.
“She came to the group and spoke about the challenges Cobe faces and had Cobe with her,” Zwergel said.
Cobe developed the rare form of retinoblastoma cancer in his right eye and had to have the eye removed.
Proceeds from the ride will help with Cobe’s medical expenses, including his prosthetic eye.
“We’re hoping to raise a couple of thousand dollars through the riders, other donations and sponsors,” Zwergel said.
Registration for the ride is from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
“It’s pretty common that these motorcycle runs have a poker run where you give away prizes,” Zwergel said.
The riders will pick up the poker cards at five locations. The three highest poker hands win prizes, $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third.
Zwergel said there were approximately 50 riders for last year’s race.
“We’re hoping to have 75 to 100 riders for this one,” Zwergel said.
The cost is $25 per rider and $10 per passenger. The first 35 riders to register will get T-shirts. Zwergel said other motorcycle riders are welcome to join.
For those who can’t ride, donations are being accepted at Carmel American Legion Riders Post 155, c/o Cobe, 852 W. Main St., Carmel, IN, 46032. Donations also are being accepted to defer the cost of food, T-shirts and the poker run prizes during the event.