“We’ve already raised over $20,000 and the event hasn’t even started yet,” said Turner, mentioning that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. “Our goal is $30,000 for the boys to split. The Eagles are helping people and we are going to make this an annual event. Someone always needs some extra help.”
The ride will leave the Lapel lodge and stop at the lodges in Noblesville, Alexandria, New Castle and return to Lapel. Meanwhile, family activities will be staged for non-riders, such as a golf cart poker run, dunk tank, face painting, live music, hog roast and corn hole tournament. Over 30 vendors will be set up to ensure there is something for everyone.
“The smiles on the kids’ faces keep me going,” said Turner. “It makes me feel good to make a difference in someone’s life – to pay it forward. I’ve got a good group of people, especially Billy Hooten, who help me out.”
“It means everything that these people are willing to do this for us,” said Latoya Nance, Johnathon’s mother. “It’s nice to know people do this for others. They have their own lives and jobs and other things to do. We are grateful to be involved.”