Cruisin’ for a cause
About 180 bikers gathered at I.C. Dubbles in Rugby on June 21 to start the fourth annual Bikers Fighting Diabetes run around north central North Dakota. The event is put on by the Norsemen Motorcycle Club, but attracted bikers from around the state in order to raise money for diabetes research and to support children afflicted with the disease.
“A lot of guys in our club have diabetes, actually about 60 percent,” Norsemen President Fred Brunsell said. “We want to let people know we do good things.”
The event raised funds for three $500 donations to children, and the club will also donate $1,000 to the American Diabetes Association.
The run took 135 registered bikers and more through Larry’s Bar in Selz, Martin Bar in Martin, Morris Bar in Drake, The Mint Bar in Velva, and the White Buffalo Grill and Lounge and Branding Iron in Granville. The run finished in Upham with a pig roast and stops at the Depot Bar and The Outpost.
“It was a very successful day and we had a lot of fun,” BFD coordinator and former Norsemen president Jim Stadum said.
The day even brought some tears of joy to families of the donation recipients. The club presented its first $500 donation of the day to Parker Granger, 14, of Fessenden.
“It’s just very touching that they would choose to donate to these kids, who deal with this on a daily basis,” said Barb Granger, Parker’s mother. “It doesn’t go away. It’s nice to have something positive and something to look forward to. It’s an honor.”
Parker has Type 1 diabetes and is insulin dependent. He checks his blood between six and eight times each day.
Later in the day, the club presented two more $500 donations to Avery Cole, 7, and his sister Ellie Cole, 3, of Bismarck. The children are the great nephew and great niece of former club president Butch Baumann, of Underwood. The siblings also have Type 1 diabetes.
“I think it’s great to get the word out about diabetes and any way we can do that is great,” said Sheena Cole, the children’s mother. “These kids love the bikes and these guys are so great with them.”
For more information on diabetes and how to support research visit the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org.
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