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Ride Annie Ride Benefit

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Early morning staging for the event took place at the Pelton Wheel Museum in historic Grass Valley.
Early morning staging for the event took place at the Pelton Wheel Museum in historic Grass Valley.
The Ride Annie Ride benefit run took place Saturday, April 24th. Ninety-two riders and 20 volunteers made the run a huge success. The weather gods were smiling, providing warm temperatures ideal for cruising from the lazy foothills of Grass Valley to the hustle-bustle of downtown Yuba City. We gathered at Sam Brannan Park where a second group of riders from the Yuba City HOG club and the Ironworkers Bike Club joined the parade.

The best part for me was when this rumbling group of colorful characters intruded on the peaceful neighborhood where Annie lived. Neighbors peered from their windows, while those more daring ventured outside to witness the thunderous roar of V-Twin engines emerging upon Ward and June Cleaver’s turf. Beaver was nowhere to be found, but rumor has it he was wearing a black leather vest and matching chaps, looking to hitch a ride with one of the female bikers in the group.

Annie watched from her wheelchair as the endless brigade filled the cul-de-sac overflowing into the streets. It was gratifying to see that the Cleaver’s and the rest of the neighborhood seemed excited with the event and were happy that Annie was the reason they were here, and not to take over the neighborhood. The gang, dressed mostly in black, gathered around Annie expressing their appreciation for her courage and strength and her warm, bubbly personality.
With her new helmet intact  Annies ready to go riding.
With her new helmet intact, Annie’s ready to go riding.

They were there to support Annie, who is a victim of Osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Annie is 28 and a single mom; her son Jake is only three years old. She knew about the ride, which was one of the things on her so called “bucket list,” to ride on the back of a Harley- Davidson. What she didn’t know was that the original plan of myself and a couple of my friends taking her on a little jaunt through the hills, would in reality be nearly 100 riders strong. The moment was overwhelming, to see this group of brash, hairy-faced, large-framed men with tears in their eyes, it was a moment none of us will soon forget.

While traveling through the Sutter Buttes mountain range, we did have one casualty. Jim Moser, who did the custom lettering on Annie’s donated helmet, went down, suffering a broken collarbone. We hated for this to happen, but Jim has been released from the hospital and is at home on the mend. Get well soon, Jim!

The ride through the Buttes was amazing. At one point a herd of grazing sheep watched nervously as our army of leather clad soldiers marched down the two lane winding thoroughfare, intentionally getting a rise out of the wooly onlookers by honking their horns or gunning their engines. They took it with a blade of grass, seemingly unconcerned as long as we kept to our side of the barbed wire fence.

The ending destination was back at the park for barbecue
Annie shares a moment with her son Jake at the end of the day.
Annie shares a moment with her son Jake at the end of the day.
and bench racing. Spirited conversation about the event was the common theme. A large banner of Annie and the ride was laid out and signed by all. Donations were collected and as a whole it was a very generous bunch. Members of a local Rotary Club were also among those who came to celebrate Annie’s special day. We concluded the event with a group photo and the promise that this will be an annual event continuing our support of those like Annie suffering from Osteosarcoma.

On a final note, Annie was concerned that she couldn’t possibly thank everyone involved in putting on the ride and helping make her wish come true. So, “Thank you all”, from Annie herself.

*This was the first of what will be an annual event celebrating those battling Osteosarcoma. We hope you’ll join us next year and be a part of Ride Annie Ride…
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Dee Dee Vinson -Awesome!!!!  April 30, 2010 08:47 PM
I am Andreas big sister, and I live in Arkansas. I wished that I could have been there to see her face and her ride of a lifetime! This was really great how everyone came together to make her wish come true!!!! I am so glad that there is so many nice people out there! Thanks to all of you who heled make that happen!!! Love you Andrea!!!
Annie Goeden - Amazing  April 29, 2010 06:24 PM
After all the the kicks stands were down and the wonderful men and ladys came to greet me, i felt a great warmth come over me, like a great big hug from all of you.

"Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably".

All of you belived in me implicitly and without question. God has given me a gift not many people get to feel. So Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Annie


Ignacio -SG&CC  April 28, 2010 08:51 AM
The best email I've had in a long time.

Thank you for organizing Ride Annie Ride.

Truly inspiring.

God Bless

Budman -Bro  April 28, 2010 06:18 AM
That was amazing Rock. You have done a great thing here and have inspired a lot of people and brought tears to a lot of people through Annie and family. I'm proud of you and want to thank you for being so special. Budman
Gary Lamberd -Visionline Racing  April 28, 2010 01:55 AM
It is great to see such positive action from so many people. The benefit ride was a fantastic idea! I can fully understand how devastating cancer is. I just lost my wife to lung cancer on March 31, 2010.
Bernadette Ambers -Annie's Ride  April 27, 2010 10:13 PM
Rocky, Thank you for writing such a wonderful article. I believe Annie and all must have had a most wonderful day. Very inspiring to say the least!
Bruce Jans -Producer, Green Light Productions  April 27, 2010 09:30 PM
This is ONE of the reasons why I love what I do being a video producer. This past Saturday is one I'll never forget and am so proud to have been involved. We will have the finished video edited pretty soon and would love to have it web casted on this site. Rocky, Tricia & Valerie all did a magnificent job in pulling this special event together. I know this young lady, Annie... will never forget.. as we wont forget the look and joy in her face, through out the day!!! Thanks Rocky!!!
Babydoll from Quick Throttle Magazine -Thank you!  April 27, 2010 09:15 PM
I am so appreciative that you invited me to join in Annie's Ride. I don't think I was ever as moved in all the years I've been writing, as I was that day. Both Annie and the entire day will forever be etched in my heart. Thank you for being the wonderful person you are and for giving Annie such an amazing gift.

Love to you, Annie and the family...

Annie (Babydoll)
"Campa" Gerry -Amazing  April 27, 2010 08:19 PM
What an amazing day. I keep telling people that this has to be one of the top 3 greatest things I've ever experienced and,,,,, I cant tell you what the the other 2 things are right now.
Thanks to EVERYONE who made the day so very special for Annie.
Tricia Robinson -A day I'll always remember  April 27, 2010 07:17 PM
Ride Annie Ride was such an incredible event. Just seeing the smile on Annie's face meant the world to me. Everyone who attended were so supportive and kind. When we arrived at Annie's house there was a line of strangers,who are now friends, waiting to meet her and give her a hug. I feel very lucky and honored that my husband and myself along with the support and hard work of family and friends were able to make Annie's wish come true. This day will always remain close to my heart.
bikerrandy -Ride Annie Ride  April 27, 2010 06:40 PM
Boy this hits close to home....err, my former home in Yuba City. I know exactly where you rode in the Buttes and a few years ago the sheep were on the road ! 2 of us on bikes didn't know what to do to get thru them ! I asked the sheepherder and he said, "just blow your horn and they'll let you thru". Well, they did, but I was still a little apprehensive we were so close together then. Sorry to hear someone went down.
R34 -Annie Ride...  April 27, 2010 11:30 AM
Inspiring...