Why You Ride
Stories from the 500 Club

Participants who fundraise $500 or more become members of the 500 Club, and many ride for this great cause every year - often far surpassing the $500 minimum. We asked a few 500 Club members why the Motorcycle Ride for Dad means so much to them. Here's what they said!

MRFD 2018 - Glenn Buchanan

Glenn Buchanan 

My ride is a 2006 Suzuki Boulevard c90t. I've been riding in the event since 2013. The reason I fundraise is because all the money raised stays in Thunder Bay and I'm hoping to see a cure for prostate cancer in my lifetime.

MRFD 2018 - Jason Chedore

Jason Chedore

Riding a 2003 1500 Kawasaki Nomad, I've been cruising along for the past 3 years, being a member of the 500 Club each time. You would be surprised at how easy it is to get a few pledges for such a great cause. I've lost family members to cancer and I know that cancer has affected everyone's life in some shape or form. It is rewarding to me that my contributions are making a difference.

MRFD 2018 - Dan Coulter

Dan Coulter

I ride a 1999 Honda Magna and am a longtime supporter of the Ride for Dad. I have been a 500 Club member for 8 of the last 9 years. I know that prostate cancer is a treatable disease that is too often ignored. Giving to this ride is something I believe is most worthwhile, to bring awareness and treatment to all who need the help. I would encourage every participant to give a little extra to make sure that we can all be here next year to enjoy the ride. Ride safe. - Dan

MRFD 2018 - Mike Kopot

Mike Kopot

The bike that I currently ride is a 2015 Harley Rushmore Road King. I am inspired to ride and raise funds for this event for a number of reasons – I believe that the local medical community offers excellent care and treatment options to men in the Thunder Bay District that develop prostate cancer. This is made possible through the acquisition of diagnostic and treatment equipment available as a direct result of fundraising by the community. Lastly, I am motivated to ride and raise funds due to the fact that all three of my maternal uncles fought prostate cancer and that I am likely in a high-risk group for developing the disease some day. This will be my 9th year of participating in the Ride for Dad.

MRFD 2018 - Keli Kornylo

Keli Kornylo

My first Ride for Dad was in 2013 and I also only paid the registration fee. I was inspired to get donations the next year and succeeded in making it to the 500 Club in both 2014 and 2015. I have 4 sons and knowing that 1 in 6 men will have prostate cancer in their lifetime, there is a higher chance that one of them might get the disease. It has touched family and friends, so although I donate to other causes this is the one I have chosen fundraise for. I have a 2006 883XL Sportster that I bought in 2010 rekindling my love of Harleys from the '80s.

MRFD 2018 - Bill McCready

Bill McCready

My inspiration is my brother-in-law Peter, who died of metastatic prostate cancer in Scotland a couple of years ago. He was the nicest guy I ever met; fun, funny and full of life.

I have a Kawasaki KLR 650. It replaced a Vulcan Nomad as I was really only using it for local trips. The dog thinks it's a great idea.

MRFD 2018 - John Pascuzzo

John Pascuzzo

I ride a 2000 Heritage Softail Classic and have been in the 500 Club for 14 consecutive years – my first ride was in 2004. Both my dad and my brother Peter are my inspiration. My Dad is a prostate cancer survivor. Peter, who also had cancer, participated in the event for a few years. Pete’s last ride was June 14, 2003. He earned 5 natural aces that day, however, shortly after receiving his prize for the best hand he succumbed to his cancer, collapsed and was taken to the hospital where he died 2 days later – he was 2 weeks short of his 47th birthday. In his honour, the 5 Aces Award is celebrated at the annual Ride for Dad.

It is my extreme pleasure to continue in my brother’s footsteps, riding the bike he rode for years and carrying on the tradition by participating this year in the 18th anniversary TBayTel Motorcycle Ride for Dad. My father and brother inspire me to continue to help the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation’s Northern Cancer Fund generate funds to raise awareness and continue the battle against prostate cancer. 

MRFD 2018 - Jean-Yves Gervais

Jean-Yves Gervais

Participating in the Motorcycle Ride for Dad is a very personal decision for us. Cancer has profoundly touched our lives. This well organized event gives us an avenue to raise awareness and funds for a cause that is close to our hearts. We have been taking part in the Ride for the past nine years and always look forward to spending a really fun day with friends!