2018 Bikers For Brooke
2018 Bikers For Brooke
The 6th Annual Bikers for Brooke was another success despite the rain. While the numbers are less, the support was as strong as always. The New Providence Fire Department set up early and had the American flag flying high. There were 56 motorcycles, 11 passengers for a total of 67 riders. A great turn out for a 62 degree, rainy day. Matt Dernier delivered a blessing of the bikes to all riders before kickstands up. Lucas Reiling, a 12-year-old New Providence resident and 10 year survivor of brain cancer, was the Master of Ceremonies. The NJ State Trooper Helicopter did a fly by to start the ride. Red Knights Chapter 20 escorted the route along with continued support from the Union Police Department Motor Unit and the New Providence Fire Department. Along the route there was tremendous support from Fire Departments we passed – Liberty Corner Fire Company, Chester Volunteer Fire Company, New Vernon Volunteer Fire Department and Green Village Fire Department – and also BHF supporters along the road in Tewksbury Twp, Chatham and New Providence.
There were nearly 230 total attendees. There were 8 cars to participate in the 4th Car Cruise, including a 1958 orange BMW Isetta 300 selected by Lucas Reiling as the winner of the Healey Family’s Choice Award. There were 4 vendors. Music from DJ Mike Savage of Savage Tunes and the Americana/Country Rock band Kinderhook. The hotdogs were from the Chester Meat Market and Paolo’s Kitchen from New Providence provided the main fare with Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream donating Italian Ice and Ice Cream, the grounds were provided by Mt Carmel and the event was sponsored by the County of Union. There were many activities including magician Simon Mandel of The Simon Show and the New Providence Reds at the Dunk Tank.
Amy Reiling, Lucas’ mom, was the guest speaker. Lucas was diagnosed at 23 months with a brain tumor, he has been through brain surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, countless MRIs and many other diagnostic testing since that time and currently he is doing very well. Lucas is an inspiration and an amazing person.
All the monies raised at the 6th Annual Bikers for Brooke fundraiser will be put towards funding leading research and helping kids and families dealing with DIPG and other pediatric cancers. Thank you to everyone who supports our mission. 7th Annual – Sunday, June 9, 2019!!!