The ninth annual Cruzin' for a Cause will take place on Saturday, May 30, at Stephenville City Park to benefit Brian Carlson, Morgan Mill resident and owner of Streamline Cycles.
Carlson, 59, has been battling stage 4 colon cancer since October 2018.
“I was having stomach pain and it put me in the emergency room,” Carlson said.
Carlson owned his motorcycle repair shop Streamline Cycles for 20 years and has been a sponsor of Cruzin' for a Cause since its beginning.
“This whole ride thing was a surprise to me,” he said. “It's a little humbling. I'm kind of a private, pride kind of guy and it's hard for me to accept the help, but they want to do it.”
Carlson's 21-year-old daughter Cheyenne works at Barefoot Campus Outfitters and designed T-shirts in her father's honor. She made a post on Facebook and started to sell the shirts.
“It started to get traction and the motorcycle community in Stephenville decided they were going to do something for me as well,” Carlson said.
Trudy Woody, one of the volunteers for event, said Cruzin' for a Cause is near and dear to her heart because her husband had cancer.
“We do this event every year and it's a good cause for cancer,” she said.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. the morning of the event and kick stands will go up at 9 a.m.
The ride will start and end at Stephenville City Park with a 100-mile ride through the county.
The cost to ride is $20 per bike with a single rider and $30 per bike with two riders.
Hot dogs will be served with a $5 minimum donation and BBQ will be served with a $10 minimum donation.
The first plate of food is free to riders.
A 50/50 raffle will take place along with a raffle for an $800 Traeger Pro 575 grill. Tickets are $5 or $20 for five tickets.
The event will also include a corn hole tournament, live music and Chinese auction.
“We've got donations,” said co-founder of Cruzin' for a Cause Danny Boucher. “From auto parts stores to nail salons to tanning salons. It's just a mix and variety of everything you can imagine.”
Boucher said he is excited to help Carlson and his family.
“He's a top-notch guy that I've known my whole life,” he said. “He's willing to help you do anything. He'll give you the shirt on his back if he could. You're not going to find a better guy or better family in this community than Brian and Venus Carlson.”
Carlson's wife Venus is a first-grade teacher at Chamberlin Elementary. His daughter, Cheyenne, is attending nursing school at Tarleton State University and his son, Kenny, 19, works in the oilfield.
“I want to invite the whole community out to help raise money to help this family,” Boucher said. “We need as many people as we can to come to this. This event isn't just for bike riders; it's for the general public and all surrounding communities.”
An account is available for Carlson at First Financial Bank if anyone wishes to donate. The account is under Brian Eric Carlson benefit account.
For more information, contact Boucher at 254-431-8163 or Michelle Boucher at 254-413-5629.