Participants in the 11th annual Kim Pope Memorial Ride enjoyed warm, sunny weather Saturday, May 2.
Every year since its inception back in 2005, bikers get together for a 100-mile ride to raise funds for local children battling brain cancer.
This year’s ride was in honor of 15-year-old Maggie Ollmann of Weyauwega who is receiving treatment for an inoperable optic glioma brain tumor.
Her illness has left her with no vision in her right eye and only tunnel vision in her left. Her family and physicians hope chemotherapy will help stabilize her vision.
Maggie was present and rode along in a sidecar attached to one of the bikes.
The event started at The Crossings on State Highway 54 and ended at the River Rail in Shiocton.
Organizers say their biggest challenge is not recruiting riders but the lack of venues large enough to stop at along the way.
This year almost 500 bikers participated. Organizers and bikers said they appreciated the local sheriff’s departments for their assistance with traffic control.