Hundreds of bikers and several Packers players and staff members took to the pavement for the inaugural 'Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer,' Saturday.
A motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients and families throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, the turnout for the event left Parins, the Green Bay Packers' director of corporate security who himself is currently battling cancer, virtually speechless.
"I really don't have the words to express what I'm feeling right now," Parins said. "Overwhelmed is probably the only word that comes to mind."
Sponsored by the Green Bay Packers, Vandervest Harley-Davidson and Vandervest Custom Cycles, the ride took motorcyclists on scenic Northeastern Wisconsin roads to Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Peshtigo, Wis. There, riders were able to enjoy food, beverages, live music and a 50/50 raffle before returning to Lambeau Field for more food, beverages and live music, in addition to a live auction.
"I don't have enough Thank You's for everyone," Parins said, "from the Packers, to the Vandervest group, to all the people that came out here today. This is just such a great group of people."
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Green Bay Packers Foundation, to be distributed to different cancer foundations throughout Northeastern Wisconsin.
"Today we were able to help out some of the cancer families that I've met since I found out I had cancer," Parins said. "I saw some tears in their eyes and that made me feel great that I was able to help them. Now, with the money we raised today, we can touch some more people quietly, and that's what it's all about.
"I just feel like a lucky man. I have so many people willing to help out and we're going to carry this on next year and for many years to come. I just hope that I'm a part of it."