Motorcyclists showed off their support for the Cross Cancer Institute recently.
 
Saturday's (July 7) 150 km poker run began at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Saskatchewan with motorcycles leaving at 10 a.m. sharp.
 
"It just brings awareness to the Cross Cancer (Institute)... I don't think that people really need to be prodded in that direction," said ride manager Mike Palindat. "And it gets our faces out here to show that we're community-oriented people and not the evil, mean, nasty guys that a lot of people picture us to be."
 
This year's event saw about 50 participants take to the road, but getting more members in the coming years will be key to the event's survival according to Palindat.
 
"A lack of members is kind of cramping our style here," he explained. "I'm finding that the younger generation just doesn't have the time to get involved and it's all older guys like us that are involved."
 
"Trying to get younger members is tough. The younger people have families and they're doing the rat race, so it's hard to find time."
 
Palindat expressed his gratitude toward the Veterans' Association for their continued support in the form of several returning riders.
 
Palidat is a two-time cancer survivor himself, which inspired him to get involved.
 
The Fort Saskatchewan Motorcycle Association's (FSMA) annual cancer ride has raised more than $300,000 for the Cross Cancer Institute over the years. This was the 35th annual FSMA Cancer Ride.

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