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MINSTER â€” An upcoming event will benefit a Minster police officer who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Cory Michael, a 2005 Minster High School alum, is a part-time officer for the Minster Police Department and an auxiliary deputy for the Auglaize County Sheriffâ€™s Office. In July of this year â€” at the age of 25 â€” Cory was diagnosed with stage four soft tissue sarcoma.
To raise money for both Coryâ€™s battle and the countyâ€™s cancer society, fellow Minster police officer, Chris Fetters, has helped organize The Ultimate Fight for Cory Poker Run/Motorcycle Benefit Ride, which will be held Sept. 29.
â€śWeâ€™re kind of working in conjunction with The Ultimate Fight for Cory â€” itâ€™s put on by his friends and family,â€ť he said. â€śAnd the money we raise, we plan on dividing between the Ultimate Fight for Cory benefit and also to help the Auglaize County Cancer Society.â€ť
Fetters is also the president Iron Shields Ohio LE/MC of Lima â€” a newly-formed chapter of the nation-wide law enforcement motorcycle club. He explained the general concept of a poker run for those unfamiliar with the event.
â€śThey draw cards and whoever gets the winningest hand gets prizes,â€ť he said. â€śThey kind of go from place to place to place and pick up cards.â€ť
The benefit ride will start and end at Four Seasons Parks in Minster. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., the first bike will leave at 11 a.m. and the last bike should be back by 3 p.m., Fetters said.
â€śThe route is usually kept kind of a secret â€” there are only a couple of people that know â€” because it makes it more entertaining for people,â€ť he said.
â€śThey donâ€™t have any idea where theyâ€™re going, they donâ€™t know the roads, so itâ€™s a little bit curvy and not something theyâ€™re used to riding.â€ť
The route will cover about 70-75 miles in Auglaize County, Fetters noted, and to participate in the benefit ride, the cost is $15 per bike and $5 for a rider.
â€śWeâ€™re also going to have jars out there if somebody wants to make a monetary donation while theyâ€™re out there, they can,â€ť he said.
The event will also feature a bake sale, Fetters said, as well as door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and T-shirt sales.
â€śI do know that the Minster fire department is also going to help providing hot food out there for us,â€ť he said. â€śMcDonaldâ€™s is going to help donate drinks out there as well.â€ť
Fetters encouraged community members to consider stopping out to support Cory, even if they donâ€™t plan to ride a motorcycle.
â€śIt goes for a good cause â€” I mean, I canâ€™t think of one person where some type of cancer hasnâ€™t affect with a good friend or family member,â€ť he said.
â€śIâ€™ve lost two grandparents in the last five years, unfortunately, to cancer. Everybodyâ€™s been touched by some form of cancer one way or another, whether theyâ€™ve had it, or a family member or a friend, and it goes for a good cause.â€ť