By Abby Walton
Each year the Zionsville American Legion Riders Post #79 chooses a family dealing with blood cancer as the beneficiary of their Cruzin’ for a Cure event.
“We feel very blessed because after we sponsor a family, those members often refer us to other families in need,” said Chrissy Koenig, one of the event coordinators. Through events like the upcoming Josiah’s Ride: Cruzin 4 a Cure, money is raised to help pay for medical expenses and other needs of the sponsored family. This year Post #79 is sponsoring 17-year-old Brandy Badillo, who is battling Leukemia.
“She’s actually the oldest child we’ve sponsored,” Koenig said.
On Oct. 12, motorcycle riders from all over the area are invited to the Zionsville American Legion at 9950 E. 600 S. to take part in the ride. The cost is $20 for a single rider and $35 for a double with stops including the Sheridan American Legion, Hoops Sports Bar in Frankfort and Whitestown American Legion.
Even if you don’t ride, Koenig said there are still other ways to show your support for Brandy.
“We plan on having lots of family activities that day and the public is invited to the breakfast and dinner as well,” she said. The event will also include a live band, silent auction and raffles.
Besides helping Brandy and her family, Koenig said a portion of the proceeds will be used to buy meal cards. These will be given to two local hospitals which can then distribute them to families who are staying with their loved ones during treatments. Post #79 also gives part of the money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for blood cancer research. For more information about the ride and other activities, go to www.alrpost79.com and search for the Cruzin’ 4 a Cure tab.