GREEN BAY, WI - The Packers are partnering up to help cancer organizations across Northeast Wisconsin. Tuesday, Cruise for Cancer handed out checks to six charities totaling $86,500 from their summer motorcycle ride, all going to charities helping those battling the disease.
“Cancer is still knocking people down,” said Jerry Parins, Cruise for Cancer organizer.
And Parins is on a mission to pick those people back up.
"The cancer is just overwhelming,” he said. “And it just takes so much away from the families. That's my driving force."
The former Packers Security Director was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Cruise for Cancer is now in its 9th year.
“Anybody who has spent any time with Jerry knows that he's passionate about this,” said Mark Murphy, Packers President and CEO. The Green and Gold partner with the cruise.
"It's taken so many lives and it continues to take lives,” said Parins.
And over the years, the motorcycle ride has raised more than a half a million dollars.
"He's making sure he's doing everything he can to help who is struggling, and not just the patients but the families as well,” said Murphy.
And Parins’ pledge to help those families will continue on June 9.
“It’s a blessing that I wouldn't want to do over again, but I’ve met so many great people,” said Parins about his cancer experience.
This year's Cruise for Cancer is going to be a little different. Because of the construction at Lambeau, there will be a different route, this time going from Green Bay to Pulaski.
The ride leaves Green Bay from Vandervest Harley-Davidson at 11 a.m.
This year it will feature Polish food and Packers players. Autographs can be obtained from the players for a $10 donation to the event.
On the day of the ride, registration begins at 9 a.m. and will continue through 10:30 a.m. The free post-ride party begins at 3 p.m. at the new Vandervest Harley-Davidson Dealership in Green Bay, 1966 Velp Ave.
A $20 donation per driver and $15 donation per passenger is required to participate in the ride. All registered riders will receive a free Cruise for Cancer commemorative bandana. All proceeds will go to helping local families throughout Northeastern Wisconsin battling cancer.
Pre-registration forms are available through http://www.cruiseforcancer.org/ or at Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Peshtigo and Vandervest Custom Cycles in Green Bay.
Non-riders are invited to support the cause by attending the Pulaski event and the Green Bay post-ride party.