SARANAC LAKE - Dave Walker fought a two-year battle against throat cancer and won.
After winning that battle, the Saranac Lake resident has been looking for ways to help others who are dealing with the disease. On Saturday, Walker and fellow members of the local Born Twisted Motorcycle Club led an 80-mile benefit ride around the Adirondacks, with money raised going to cancer patients in Saranac Lake.
"I went through a two-year ordeal with the disease, and I'm cancer free," Walker said. "I understand what people go through, and I wanted to help any way I could. I contacted the oncology department at the Adirondack Medical Center, told them what I wanted to do, and asked what would be the best way to spend the money. It's going specifically to the patients and their families."
Four-year-old Aubriana Rodriguez of Minnesota is excited to join her uncle Tony Callaghan of Saranac Lake on Saturday as bikers leave the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club during a fundraising ride to fight cancer.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
In addition to riders from Born Twisted, members of other clubs as well as individual motorcyclists, participated in Saturday's trip. Each rider donated $15 and about 80 took part in the ride. The riders gathered at the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club and started their procession just after noon. With three riders stopping traffic on state Route 3, the bikers headed toward Bloomingdale, and eventually worked their way to Tupper Lake and then back.
Following the ride, participants enjoyed a prime rib dinner back at the Fish and Game Club. Walker also obtained donations from area businesses and organizations that were raffled off.
"Every week there is something going on with area bike clubs, and it was our turn," he said. "This week, it was a fight cancer ride, next week it might be a toy drive. All the clubs support each other. This is our first time doing this fundraiser, and I'd love to see us do it for years to come."