poker runIt interrupts in our lives when we’re least suspecting. It takes us and our families to our limits and pushes us to keep fighting. Cancer evokes strong emotion in all of us. Whether it is sadness, hope, fear, or a combination of feelings, cancer has touched everyone’s lives. These are your friends, your neighbors, your family members and your co-workers. When cancer affects us – often without warning – it tends to strengthen the hope and support we share. Each year, our community has continued to provide a ray of sunshine in the lives of breast cancer patients.

In 2004, Jeff “Badger” Johnson, felt the heartbreaking effects of cancer through his mother’s diagnosis. He saw the temporary pain and discomfort she experienced because of cancer and wanted to be a blessing to other individuals and their families going through this survivorship process.

Badger is a proud member of the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable veterans organization, whose goal is to promote the social welfare of our community. Typically, the group engages in activities that specifically provide veteran assistance. However, they felt that breast cancer was also a very worthy cause, and in 2010 this became integrated into the Armed Forces MC’s fundraising efforts.

In 2010, The Armed Forces of America Motorcycle Club hosted their first poker run that would benefit Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink program. A poker run is an organized event where individuals, usually on motorcycles, drive a route and stop at various checkpoints. At each checkpoint participants draw a playing card and the goal is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. For this local event, a motorcycle is not necessary, but participants must use a street-legal vehicle.

Power Me Pink uses funds from this event to provide our community with services to alleviate some of the burden associated with cancer such as free mammograms, education, biopsies, clinical exams, and ultrasounds.

The event has continued to expand, and bikers have traveled from across the country to participate and support the breast cancer run. The Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run is an exciting event and a great opportunity to come together to support a good cause. Each year, Johnson’s parents travel all the way from Rice Lake, Wisconsin to participate.

The 2016 poker run will take place on Saturday, July 30th, with registration beginning at 10:30 am at Park Circle Café in Cambridge. The ride begins at noon and concludes at 5pm at the Airport Tavern in Lore City. The cost to participate is $15/ person and includes the poker run, dinner, a door prize ticket and wonderful entertainment. There will also be a raffle drawing consisting of a muzzleloader with scope, gas barbeque grill, a custom made Battle Horse knife, and two $100 Harley Davidson gift certificates.

All of the proceeds from the 6th Annual Breast Cancer Poker Run will be used to directly support Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink program. In the past 5 years, the event has raised a combined total of $40,395.50 to directly benefit breast cancer patients in our community. This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 to assist patients in their fight against breast cancer.

For more information concerning the run, to purchase a raffle ticket, or if you or your business would like to donate toward this wonderful cause, please contact Jeff “Badger” Johnson at 740-704-7464 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remember, no one fights alone. You don’t have to be a motorcyclist in order to participate.