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Motorcycle event to benefit paralyzed rider

Friday, June 23, 2006

Lisa Eaton is a planner.

Since January, she's been planning a motorcycle ride, one she has enjoyed working on the past six years.

"I flat out love it," she said. "I look forward to it."

After seven months of preparation, the Greencastle Custom Cycle and Anthony's Pizzeria Motorcycle Ride will commence on July 22.

Registration for the ride begins at 11 a.m. and will take place at the city parking lot on Columbia Street.

The ride is scheduled to start sometime around noon and will cover 100 miles for three to four hours.

This is the second motorcycle ride Eaton has planned this year. The first ride involves the "French Fry Club," a group of friends that get together at the first of each year and ride together while making a pit stop at a local restaurant for some fries.

The ride on July 22, however, is much different, as all money made from the event will go to Danny Pollock.

Pollock is paralyzed from the chest down as the result of an accident which took place in 2001. However, he still races, as he and his brother customized a vehicle for him to compete with.

"He just keeps on truckin'," Eaton said. "For me, it's inspiring to see what he's been through. He is an inspiration to others."

Each year, money made from the motorcycle ride goes to someone in need. Children were the recipients the previous five years.

Eaton said it's common for people in the community to suggest names for the event.

"This is a gift from us for someone else," she said. "It's just a lot of fun. Nothing is too consuming if you want to do it. This is a 100 percent benefit and it's great to help somebody."

Eaton said she expects at least 200-300 individuals at the event and 100-150 motorcycles.

She said the ride will begin at the lot on Columbia Street and head north to the Turkey Run Golf Course, where a lunch is planned. From there, riders will travel nearly 100 miles until they arrive back at Greencastle Custom Cycle, 200 N. Indiana Street, where the remaining festivities will begin.

Prior to the ride, Eaton said the Faith Riders from New Life Baptist Church will bless the events of the day, including the ride.

Cost for the motorcycle ride is $15 for a single or $25 for couples. In addition, there is a bike show planned following the ride and a battle of the bands. Trophies will be awarded to winners of the events.

"There will be things to do," Eaton said. "It's an all-day event."

For more information, call 653-8974 or 653-0300.

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