Motorcycle Ride Raises $5K for Eastern Cherokee Cancer Patients

The Redrum Motorcycle club, the largest Native American–based bike club in the world, rode through the Smokey Mountains to support Eastern Cherokee cancer survivors.
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Upwards of 250 bikers converged on the Big Cove Community Center on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina to raise funds for the Cherokee Cancer Support Group. The event was organized by the First Nations Cherokee Chapter of Redrum Motorcycle Club and raised more than $5,000 for the cancer support organization.

Riders assembled that morning in the Big Cove community center to begin a 100-mile loop through the Great Smokey Mountains. Returning, the riders—which included ICMN contributor and club member Cliff Matias—were treated to chicken dinners donated by the Cherokee Woman’s Auxillary group, plus two large cakes to celebrate the Redrum Motorcycle Club’s tenth anniversary. More than 100 members of the Native based motorcycle club rode from as far west as Washington State and as far north as Manitoulin Island, Canada, to support the local Cherokee organization, which offers assistance to tribal members who have been diagnosed with cancer.

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The riders made for an impressive lineup as more than 250 motorcycles made there way through the Great Smokey Mountains.

The riders made for an impressive lineup as more than 250 motorcycles made there way through the Great Smokey Mountains.

The Redrum Motorcycle Club is the largest Native American–based club in the world, with more than 30 chapters in 20 Native communities and reservations within the United States and Canada. Each chapter hosts various fundraisers for nonprofit organizations in their respective communities.

“I rode four days through the rain and cold just to support my Redrum brothers and the cancer support organization in Cherokee,” said Redrum California President Ben, a Mescalero Apache who rode all the way from Bakersfield, California. “This is a great cause, and Redrum is about supporting our communities in this good way.”

“This is what Redrum is about,” said Tony Agosto, a national officer in the club from Brooklyn, New York, whose motto is Spreading Positivity on Two Wheels. “Next month we will be hosting a ride for the Veterans group on the Seneca Reservation, and in August we will be raising funds for our Native American Scholarship fund. Our good work goes on and on.”

The local Cherokee Chapter of Redrum.

The local Cherokee Chapter of Redrum.

Members of the Lumbee Chapter of Redrum receiving awards at the event.

Members of the Lumbee Chapter of Redrum receiving awards at the event.

Cherokee Redrum members give a $5,000 donation to the Cancer Support Fund.

Cherokee Redrum members give a $5,000 donation to the Cancer Support Fund.

Members of the Eastern Cherokee Cancer Support Group, some of the beneficiaries of the $5,000 raised.

Members of the Cherokee Cancer Support Group, some of the beneficiaries of the $5,000 raised.