Today, I was able to attend a benefit that was being held in Jonesborough, TN, for one of their firefighters, Luke Story. Story was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months ago, and it came as a shock to him, his family and friends, and to the community. Since a young age, Story has been serving others by working in emergency services, and the community is now giving back.
The event, Ridin’ for Luke, was held at the Wetland’s Water Park today and included a variety of events for all ages. On site, there were hay rides and inflatables for the little ones. A stage had been set up and had live music from 12PM- 8PM. There were food vendors on site, t-shirts for sale, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and the list goes on. They also held a softball tournament and a corn-hole tournament on-site as well.
One of the largest events for the day was the motorcycle ride. They had a Poker Run, which was the shorter of the two rides that is said to have had around 100 bikes that participated. The longer ride, nearly 140-mile round trip to as far away as Hot Springs, NC, had nearly 300 bikes. As we were leaving, we were able to see several of the bikes that started riding back in. I’ve posted a video on The “Model City” Firefighter Facebook page (Click here to FOLLOW us on Facebook).
The event was a huge success, not only by raising money for Story’s medical bills, but also by showing Story that the community and the brotherhood are with him in his fight. I was able to talk to Luke today, and he seemed in high spirits. He mentioned that he was so overwhelmed with the support, and also stated that a firehouse in New York City had even sent shirts down to help raise money for him!
How awesome is that!?!?!
Of the many door prizes and giveaways that were given out today, I’d like to thank Artist Jodi Monroe of Firefighter Art. I have worked with Jodi on a number of projects, and if you click the previous link, you will see that she is very gracious when it comes to giveaways! She is always giving her prints away on the Facebook page, and when she saw about Luke’s event, she asked what SHE could do to help! Two of her prints were given away today at the Ridin’ for Luke event!
There were also a number of other businesses and organizations that helped with the event and the planning of future events. The Johnson City Professional Firefighters Association L-1791 has also helped out tremendously! The best way to keep up to date on the progress of Luke, future events, etc. is to follow the STORY STRONG Facebook page!
Today’s event was a great example of how firefighters, police officers, first responders, and members of the community have rallied behind Story to give him the support to fight the fight. He will start his 3rd treatment next week, and he will stay strong! He will continue to fight this and we will continue to help!