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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 Sheriffâs 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 Coryâs battle and the countyâs 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.
âWeâre kind of working in conjunction with The Ultimate Fight for Cory â itâs put on by his friends and family,â he said. âAnd 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
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.
âThey draw cards and whoever gets the winningest hand gets prizes,â he said. âThey kind of go from place to place to place and pick up cards.â
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.
âThe 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 he said.
âThey donât have any idea where theyâre going, they donât know the roads, so itâs a little bit curvy and not something theyâre used to riding.â
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.
âWeâre also going to have jars out there if somebody wants to make a monetary donation while theyâre out there, they can,â 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.
âI do know that the Minster fire department is also going to help providing hot food out there for us,â he said. âMcDonaldâs is going to help donate drinks out there as well.â
Fetters encouraged community members to consider stopping out to support Cory, even if they donât plan to ride a motorcycle.
âIt goes for a good cause â I mean, I canât think of one person where some type of cancer hasnât affect with a good friend or family member,â he said.
âIâve lost two grandparents in the last five years, unfortunately, to cancer. Everybodyâs been touched by some form of cancer one way or another, whether theyâve had it, or a family member or a friend, and it goes for a good cause.â