Cancer ride revved and ready

by Jim Boyle


Breast cancer survivor Lynnda Laubach will be among motorcycle riders participating in a fundraiser started in her name.

After being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2005, Laubach not only had to undergo surgery and months of chemotherapy and radiation, she was also struggling to pay everyday living expenses.

Her brother Mark Christofferson, who shared Laubach’s passion for motorcycles, called on fellow bikers to help raise money for patients like Laubach.  They started the annual Lynnda Laubach Breast Cancer Awareness Ride and for the seventh year, the ride will raise money for patients who need immediate help paying for groceries, mortgages, car payments and other living expenses.

Part of the proceeds from the seventh annual event will benefit the Mercy and Unity Hospitals Foundation. In the last year, Mercy and Unity Hospitals distributed more than $32,000 to help 43 patients.

Pre-register online and get a free T-shirt while supplies last, or make a donation at

The ride is slated for Sept. 24. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the ride starts at noon from Zylstra Harley-Davidson, 19600 Evans St. N.W., Elk River.

The cost is $25 per biker and $15 per rider. Event fees include a hog roast lunch, 100-mile ride, dinner and music. A post-ride party will begin at 5 p.m. at Rockwoods Grill,9100 Quaday Ave. N.E., Otsego.