Prostate Cancer Run geared up for Aug. 18

RICHFIELD TWP. — When you consider prostate cancer is the second leading form of cancer in men, you start to understand why the Davison Eagle Riders have been fighting for the cause over three years now.

“Behind lung cancer, its the leading form of cancer in men,” said Davison Eagle Rider Danny “Gripper” Griggs. “Last year 30,000 men died needlessly because they had prostrate cancer and it wasn’t caught soon enough.”

Griggs and the Eagle Riders have held a charity bike run for three years now to raise money to help victims of prostate cancer here in Genesee County and their families. They also hope to make men more aware they should have the test done to detect the cancer early.

“You don’t have to die from this,” he said.

The third annual Davison Eagle Riders Prostate Charity Run will be Aug. 18 at the Davison Eagles Club, 3270 N. State Rd.

The run, for both two-wheeled and four-wheel vehicles, will offer live bands, prizes, food and drink at one of the only known charity events of its kind to support prostrate cancer patients, research and awareness.

Griggs said the benefit motorcycle ride will stop at Eagles Clubs in Caro, Vassar, Mayville and Lapeer before ending up back at the Davison Eagles.

Registration is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with the last bike expected back at 6 p.m.

At all the stops along the way the Eagle Clubs will be offering snacks as their donation to the cause and event. Back at the Davison Eagles, riders will return to a party complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, pop and beer.

There will also be entertainment with live music by the Eddie T Band, Image, the Blue Hawaiians and the Shovelbyrds. Eddie Tabit of the Eddie T Band, will handle sound for the entire event and Griggs said We Got You Covered party tent rentals have donated use of a tent.

Griggs said the club had put on charity benefits for breast cancer awareness in the past and decided to take on prostate cancer. The first charity ride for this cause was last year and the club raised $3,250 and drew about 80-90 riders. Last year the event raised $5,250.

The ride costs $10 per person. Griggs said the club is still looking for $100 sponsors and donations of door prizes from area businesses.

Details: Call 810-653-0727 or email

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