Bikers to play Santa for kids with cancer

Madison Eastman

Rain or shine, motorcyclists will ride Sunday from Hollister to
the children’s hospital at Stanford University to deliver Christmas
gifts to kids who have cancer.
Rain or shine, motorcyclists will ride Sunday from Hollister to the children’s hospital at Stanford University to deliver Christmas gifts to kids who have cancer.

The Help Save the Cancer Kids Foundation Charity Run will feature a motorcycle run to the oncology ward at the Lucile S. Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford along with a barbecue and a concert at Hollister Family Bowl.

“This is right down our alley because our primarily focus is on youth for charities,” said Ellen Brown, executive director of the Hollister Independence Rally Committee, which is sponsoring the event. “Hopefully God will look down upon us and break open some clouds for us.”

Madison Eastman, a 12-year-old leukemia survivor who lives in Hollister, is the founder of the Help Save the Cancer Kids Foundation and will be one of the elves helping Santa and Mrs. Claus deliver the presents.

HIRC recently donated money for a tombstone for Madison’s friend Merisa Rojas, who died of leukemia three years ago at the age of 13, but wanted to do something else.

“We wanted to make it bigger, have a motorcycle run and raise additional funds and have Santa and everybody join in,” Brown said.

After visiting the hospital, the bikers will deliver more gifts at the Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto.

The event will end at Hollister Family Bowl at 2:15 p.m. Sunday where rock band J.J. Hawgs will provide live music. A barbecue and a raffle will also be held.

Funds will go to help local children with cancer fight the disease.

Registration for the run will be held Sunday morning at Hollister Harley-Davidson, 203 Hawkins St. A $15 donation is requested. Commemorative pins will be given to the first 150 who register. The entourage will leave for the hospital at 10 a.m.

Participants are asked not to bring gifts or toys, which have already been purchased.

For more information call (831) 634-0777.

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