A special ride for "anything with wheels," but especially motorcycles, will be departing Chatfield on Saturday morning, May 17, for a 125-mile scenic fundraising journey.

"Kick Cancer's A88 Ride" is being organized by Michelle and Tom Root with all proceeds going to the Eagles Cancer Telethon. The event begins at JAC's Bar & Grill in downtown Chatfield at 8:30 a.m., with breakfast for sale, registration to follow, and the ride departing at 10:30 a.m.

"The benefit is not for anyone specific, but it is because of my cousin's husband," Michelle explained. "Cody is in his low 20s and has been fighting cancer for some time. Even though I've known him through family events, I really got to know what a great guy he is when we went deer hunting last fall. To be that young, engaged (at that time) and fighting a horrible disease, it really hit home to me how cancer affects so many people."

Michelle and her husband, Tom, are excited to raise funds for the Eagles Cancer Telethon, as they know of at least three people who have been or currently are cancer patients.

"I've watched the telethon since I was a kid, and I'm embarrassed to say I've never donated," Michelle added. "There are so many people in Chatfield alone that have been affected by cancer. We thought of putting on a ride and giving to a family, but who do you choose - Cody, Team Pauly, Caleb Eide? I'm sure there are countless families deserving, so we chose the telethon this year. If all goes good and we do this again, maybe we will try to split the money up in the future, but we must get through this year first."

Michelle also explained the event will be held, rain or shine.

"We're hoping for sun, or at least not rain," she commented. "We are keeping the route somewhat of a secret until the day of ride. It's close to 125 miles of mostly nice, quiet, quite curvy county roads."

In addition to the ride, there will be a silent auction from noon to 7 p.m., featuring some baskets ranging from camping themes to Thirty-One bags, a quilt, a biker-themed planter, many gift cards for anything from tattoos, bars, golfing and restaurants. There will be a table of shirts, coolies, blinged bandannas, branded coasters, scarves and other miscellaneous items, she added.

"We are still looking for more, up until the ride," Michelle said. "When we return to JAC's, there will be a supper bar - the public is encouraged to attend - music by Stock Rocker and time to relax and have fun. The supper will be a supper bar, with part of proceeds donated back to the benefit."

The Roots feel that a long bike ride - or even a car ride - will be a wonderful inauguration of a very late spring, as well as a great way to raise funds for cancer research.

Michelle stated, "It's been a long winter and anyone with a bike has been itching to get out for a while. We would like to get as many people as possible from Chatfield and surrounding communities to come out and join us...it's not just a biker thing."

She emphasized that all wheels are welcome - from old cars to new ones - filled with people who want to follow along in a car.

"The fun will be just getting people together, putting on some miles and being with old friends and meeting new ones who are all joining in on fighting the battle against cancer," Michelle said. "We were hoping to get more activities going in town when the ride was gone but ran out of time. It would be great in the future if our ride was just part of a cancer fundraiser day in Chatfield."

She pointed out that the more money raised during the benefit, the better. "You never know - maybe the check we take to the Eagles will be part of the cure for cancer," Michelle said. "It's mainly to let people know that bikers - who are not always looked at positively - will always come together to raise money for a good cause."

Tom Root expressed the couple's appreciation in advance of the benefit. "There are a lot of people to thank...Jeff and Candi Hare at JAC's for letting us have the benefit there and for taking care of the food and music, all of our sponsors and those that have donated, Lisa at Chosen Valley Threads who helped us with the t-shirts, many of our friends, family, neighbors and especially my wife," he said. "She made this benefit way more than I ever could have. We're hoping people will stop down to see what we are about. They may want ear plugs!"

The "Kick Cancer's A88" ride hits the road Saturday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. Registration is set for 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., and cost is $10 per person. The silent auction is set for noon to 7 p.m. at JAC's Bar & Grille in Chatfield, with breakfast available for sale before the ride departs and the supper bar available from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call Michelle at (507) 273-0210 or Tom at (507) 951-5653, and to pre-order t-shirts, e-mail Michelle at michelleroot@mchsi.com.