Mike Wilcoxon, 56, of Stephenville was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and an event has come together called Bike 4 Mike, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.
Amber Parks of Parks Hill Technology created and has coordinated the event.
“I’m putting the event on in an effort to help the family and help Mike generate some income to start his treatment,” Parks said. “He was laid off from FMC and he didn’t have insurance when he was diagnosed and they said it was going to be 60 days before his new insurance was valid. So I asked the family if they wanted to do something that could help bridge that gap. They need help and I want to help them.”
The event is a 125-mile motorcycle ride that will include a silent auction, live music and barbecue lunch from Bar-T BBQ.
Registration is $25 per motorcycle and $15 per passenger, which includes the meal. Vehicles will be $25, $10 for passengers. T-shirts will be on sale for $20 and a meal ticket alone will be $10.
The silent auction will begin at 2 p.m. at Granny O’s - 526 County Rd. 388 (Watertower Road) - and live music will be provided by Billy Hartman, Whiskey Smiles, Kerri Lick & the Kool Contradiction, Wild Turkeys, Jaeden Matthews and more.
Kickstands go up at 10:30 a.m. and the route will go from Allsup’s on the South Loop to Maverick Travel Center in Santo, The Deer Lease in Mingus and then end at Granny O’s.
Wilcoxon is known as “Pappy” to his six grandchildren. He has three children, Tawnya James, Ashley Daniel and Derrick Wilcoxon. He is the brother of Pam Tate, Janie Allen and Tracy Wilcoxon, and the son of Wilson and Jeanette Wilcoxon.
An account has also been set up in Mike Wilcoxon’s name at First Financial Bank.
For more information or to donate to the silent auction, contact Tawnya James at 254-485-3962 or Ashley Daniel 254-485-5605.