Motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients

By: By Kristy D. Carter -

Southeastern Medical Oncology Center continues to work and help local residents take on and defeat what can often be a deadly disease — cancer.

Southeastern Cancer Care “Cures for the Colors” will be hosting the third annual motorcycle ride, Kickstands Up, this Saturday, Sept. 16. This is one of the many fundraisings the non-profit organization holds to help raise money to donate to cancer patients being served by one of SMOC’s four offices in eastern North Carolina, including here in Clinton.

Southeastern Cancer Care is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to assist those struggling with cancer and their families with financial assistance for basic living expenses including food, utilities, required transportation and prescriptions.

In addition to this year’s motorcycle ride, additional family-fun activities and entertainment will be provided to those who attend.

According to Dr. James Atkins, president of Southeastern Cancer Care, all the money raised stays in eastern North Carolina to help those who are currently undergoing cancer treatments or who are within one year of completing chemo, radiation or surgery.

SMOC has offices in Goldsboro, Jacksonville and Clinton and the Clinton office currently provides treatment services to around 75 patients. This is the third fundraising event for the Clinton location, but the other offices have been holding events since 2011.

Physicians of Southeastern Medical Oncology Center founded the organization in 2011 as a way to assist patients with their many needs. According to staff at the Clinton office, the employees of the Clinton location felt helping raise funds would be a good way to give back to the community and show the support of all the SMOC patients.

The funds that are raised through the motorcycle ride and other events sponsored through “Cures for the Colors” are for patients who live east of Interstate 95 or the counties that have I-95 within their boundaries.

However, the funds are not just for patients of SMOC. If someone isn’t a patient with SMOC, they must simply bring in verification of treatment and diagnosis from their physician’s office to qualify for the assistance.

The non-profit organization, Southeastern Cancer Care, holds several fundraising events throughout the year. The biggest, a Walk/Run consisting of a 5K and a one-mile race, was held in April. Other fundraising-events include a BBQ dinner, trail ride, golf tournament and fashion show.

Registration for the ride will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Turkey Volunteer Fire Department. Lunch plates will be sold from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The rain date is scheduled for Sept. 23. For anyone interested in registering for the ride, call 910-592-5727.

By Kristy D. Carter

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.