Tampa, FL — Riding his Harley-Davidson gets Fred Rosson’s motor running. It’s a passion that began in high school that “relaxes and replenishes.” When he was diagnosed at the end of 2006 with stage IV throat cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes and lungs — and was given only six months to live — there was only one thing he could do.
He converted his Ultra Classic to a trike so he could keep on riding.
“After taking so much chemo, the chemo brain gets to you after a while. I didn’t want to give up riding, and here I am,” said Rosson, 59, a member of the Harley Owners Group of Brandon. He went into remission after his first round of chemo at Moffitt. More cancerous spots popped up in April, but chemo shrunk them in half. Now Rosson is about to begin a new trial drug.
Rosson is just one of many expected to ride in the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Miles for Moffitt Poker Run on Feb. 13. Dave Andreychuk will be the honorary chair, and Radical Randy and the Street Team will emcee. Party in the Kitchen will entertain. It’s $15 per rider, and $5 for additional hands. The best hand wins $500, the worst $50.
All proceeds will benefit research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Like the research Dr. Alan List is performing to develop new therapies for acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes.
When List, executive vice president and physician-in-chief at Moffitt, isn’t in the lab or treating patients, he enjoys taking his Road King Classic for a spin. He and his wife, who rides a Softail Deluxe, are geared up for the poker run.
“We have one of the largest cancer centers in the country right here in our back yard, and I couldn’t think of a more fun event to do to support it,” List said. “For anyone who owns a motorcycle and loves to go on these poker runs, this is a fun event to benefit such a great cause — fighting cancer at Moffitt.”
Patients like Rosson couldn’t agree more. “Moffitt means my life. I’m here today because of them,” Rosson said. “I hope others in the community participate in the poker run to help more patients like me.”
The poker run begins at the Harley-Davidson of New Port Richey — with stops at Moffitt, Harley of Tampa and Clear Channel — and ends at the Harley of Brandon. Last bike out at 11 a.m., last bike in at 1 p.m. There will be a 50/50 drawing, raffle baskets and entertainment.
Sponsors include Florida Bank, Clear Channel Radio & Outdoor, Pepin Distributing, Reliable Aviation, Rebein Law Firm, de la Parte & Associates, The Catering Company, Moffitt, Bill and Karen Dalton, Alan and Kim List, and Dave R. Parker.
For more information, contact Susan Meadows at (813) 745-1346 or Susan.Meadows@moffitt.org, or visit www.MilesforMoffitt.com.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.