A motorcycle ride coordinated with the help of her husband, Buddy Bagley, will take place Saturday morning to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Leaving from Log Town on South Main Street in Adairsville, the ride will return in just over an hour, ending with food and door prizes.
The couple, celebrating 22 years of marriage, hope that their efforts will aid in the support of those suffering and the eventual discovery of a cure. Darlene Bagley has stage four ovarian cancer, which has spread to the stomach and breast. Despite her pain, she remains optimistic and works with her husband to ease others' pain.
"You don't realize until it happens to you, how important it is I guess, and I see so many people that are in a lot worse shape even than I'm in," Darlene Bagley said. "If I could just help one person, anybody, because you have to suffer everyday."
Owner of a local trucking company and Adairsville city councilman, Buddy Bagley wanted to help others while honoring his wife. With this ride, he hopes to accomplish both.
"I'm doing it for her. I love her and like I say, if I can do anything to help her and help anybody else -- you know, maybe this will help somebody else down the road," he said. "I wanted to do it in honor of her and I've watched folks that suffer with it and I've seen the good things that the American Cancer Society does for folks. And I've watched folks suffer and if there's anything that I can do and to raise any kind of money or raise any kind of awareness that would help somebody else, that's what I want to do."
This event stems from the love for an activity that Darlene and Buddy have shared for many years. They began riding together years ago when Buddy purchased his Harley Davidson. Unsure at first of their newfound hobby, Darlene quickly embraced the time they shared riding and cherishes the memories they have made.
"I just didn't think I'd ever ride a motorcycle. I mean that never even crossed my mind and then when he got that [motorcycle] it was so much fun and we love to [ride]," she said.
Buddy added that he first started riding motorcycles in 1967 but has just gotten back involved with his wife in recent years. Even though Darlene cannot participate in long rides like the one planned for this weekend, Buddy will accompany the group of riders through a scenic loop from Adairsville to Waleska that he and his wife have enjoyed in past journeys.
"I just love it, it's just the freedom. You notice a lot more things on a motorcycle. It's just fun. A lot of people fish, a lot of them play golf. I don't fish but I like to ride my motorcycle," Buddy Bagley said. "Me and her, we've enjoyed it over the years. We love to [ride] but she can't do it now because she can't hold out to ride a long ways."
Also joining riders Saturday morning will be escorts from various law enforcement authorities, including the Adairsville Police Department, the Bartow County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia State Patrol.
Registration is $30 per motorcycle, including a T-shirt, food and drinks for the driver. Riders are $10 for a T-shirt, food and drinks. Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m. and the ride leaves at 10 a.m. expecting to return around 11:15 a.m. Guests wanting to attend festivities after the ride can receive a T-shirt, food and drinks for $20.
Door prizes also will be given away. Several prizes have been donated for the event and will be raffled. Tickets may be purchased at the event.
Stressing their dedication to the cause and showing that all proceeds will go to the ACS, Buddy noted the lengths they have personally gone to in coordinating this event.
"The T-shirts we bought came out of her money and I'm buying the food, so every dime that we raise is going to the American Cancer Society -- every penny. We're not taking a penny for food, we're not taking a penny for anything. Everything we're going to do is going right straight into American Cancer Society," Buddy Bagley said.
For preregistration, call Buddy at 770-313-8190 or by e-mail at email@example.com.