If the thought of 50 motorcycle riders all gathered together makes you a little nervous, you've never met the group of riders who gather in Elko, Georgia.
Sure they have loud bikes, and their arms are covered in tattoos, but under the leather chaps and long beards, the riders grouped together at S&E Cycles in Elko, have gathered to help a friend in need. And once you get to know them, the big bad bikers, are really quite gentle.
"Any time we get a chance to help somebody, we do," rider David Jones says.
This chance to help, is for a friend of the riders known as Baby Bob.
Baby Bob, a.k.a Robert Fairchild, is a Marine veteran who is suffering Stage Four cancer. The bikers are together to ride the country side and play some poker, to help cover the medical costs for Baby Bob's treatment.
"He's got cancer is both lungs," Baby Bob's father Robert explains. "Cancer in his liver, and they said it's going through the stems in his brain."
Baby Bob was planning to make it out for the Saturday ride, until his cancer decided to hit hard again, and put him in the hospital.
David Jones is here to do what he can to help Baby Bob, because his little brother died of cancer only a few years ago.
"Cancer don't care who you are, what color you are, how much money you got, what walk of life you come from, or what you do for a living," Jones says.
Jones says bikers have garnered a bad reputation in the past because of how they look. But if people would get to know the man beneath, they would find that bikers are like a brotherhood, always ready to serve.
Steve Wiley, who owns S&E Cycles, agrees.
"It doesn't make any difference if they're bikers or not. If they need help, we'd be glad to help them," Wiley says.
"Bikers are the best people in the world. They'll help a person before anybody else will."
How It Works...
Once the announcement has been sent out, bikers from across the state gather for the Poker Run. Each rider pays into the "pot" for a hand of cards. They ride from town to town, stopping at a pre-determined bar or restaurant. Typically, there are five stops along the ride. At each stop, a rider will draw a random card, so by the fifth stop, they have a full poker hand. At the final stop, the person with the best hand will win the money.
Only out of this group of riders, none want to keep the winnings for themselves. They give it all back for Baby Bob.
"We do it for people who need help...out here, we're people who care. We care about what happens to people," Wiley explains.
Baby Bob just recently began chemotherapy for his cancer. His father says it's a blessing to see so many people come out to show support for his son.
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