Adairsville residents ride again to battle against cancer
by Matt Shinall
Jul 10, 2012 | 2653 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Buddy Bagley is hugged by his wife Darlene who has been struggling with cancer for nearly three years. The couple will host a third annual benefit ride Saturday to support Cancer Navigators. 
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Buddy Bagley is hugged by his wife Darlene who has been struggling with cancer for nearly three years. The couple will host a third annual benefit ride Saturday to support Cancer Navigators. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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For Buddy and Darlene Bagley, motorcycle rides through the winding roads of north Georgia have long been a shared pastime, but now the couple hosts a similar experience each year to help others in the battle against cancer.

In their third year, the Bagleys will again host a charity motorcycle ride to raise money for Cancer Navigators. Leaving Log Town, off of Main Street in Adairsville, the Saturday, July 14, ride will take participants through a course familiar to the Bagleys.

"That's something we've enjoyed through the years and we still do when she's able. When she feels like it, we still ride," Buddy Bagley said. "Saturday, the ride will go up to Waleska and back."

With registration beginning at 9 a.m., the ride will be fully escorted by law enforcement, including the Adairsville Police Department, the Bartow County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia State Patrol.

Darlene Bagley has been battling ovarian and breast cancer for nearly three years and has continued, with help from her husband and the community, to raise money from others through the annual ride. Open to those who participate in the ride or just show up for the after party, the ride will benefit Cancer Navigators for the second year in a row after supporting the American Cancer Society in its inaugural year.

"[The ride] is always so good. There's so many supportive people there and you just don't know until it's you, how many people really care about you. And you have a good day, that's for sure, but then again, every day the Lord lets you wake up is a good day," Darlene Bagley said. "[Cancer Navigators] is over in Rome and they help so many people with gas money to get to the doctor, any of their bills, or turbans for their head, or anything you need they'll help you with it. And it's the people right around here. I see so many people that need help. They've been so good to Buddy and me."

As the name implies, Cancer Navigators aims to help guide patients and families through the process of living with cancer. The Bagleys have benefited from the organization's services as a knowledge resource as well as moral support.

"Every dime goes to Cancer Navigators," Buddy Bagley said. "They've helped us a whole lot in helping us get treatments and navigating us through the situation. Telling my wife things to expect and how to do everyday life, how to treat yourself or someone else with cancer. That's what they do, they navigate you through the whole problem."

Buddy Bagley has high hopes for this year's event. The ride will end around 11:30 a.m. back at Log Town where riders and non-riders can enjoy barbecue, hot dogs and homemade desserts. With a full list of raffle items, participants will have a chance to go home with $50 gift cards to Home Depot, Longhorns, Lowe's, Walmart and Harley-Davidson. Other raffle prizes include a pink carpenter belt with pink tools, a Harley-Davidson exhaust pipe, a professional-grade pool cue stick and gift certificates to local restaurants. Raffle tickets will be 50 cents each with the exception of $1 tickets for a chance to win a .44 magnum handgun.

"Even if you don't ride, we want you to come and participate," Buddy Bagley said. "We got nearly $10,000 last year and I'm wanting to raise $12,000 this year.

"I think we had 45 or 50 riders last year. I'm hoping for 75 to 80 riders this year."

Registration is $20, passengers are $10 and T-shirts are $15. For more information, call Buddy Bagley at 770-313-8190.