A long line of motorcycles roared out of Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson recently with a serious mission in mind: Raising awareness of prostate cancer.
Former University of Tennessee head football coach and Harley-Davidson enthusiast Phillip Fulmer led The Man Ride for prostate cancer awareness. The second annual event took place took place Aug. 13, leaving from Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson at 11 a.m.
“We had over 122 riders with us this year,” said Georgette Samaras, education coordinator for the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute. “It has been a great event and is just in its second year, and we expecting great things.”
Samaras said the amount raised was not yet available because many of the riders registered the day of the event. “All proceeds from this venue help continue the free prostate cancer screening in the community,” she said.
Screenings will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. The Dixie Iron Riders Riding Organization assisted with the ride.
“If it wasn’t for their support and the support of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office personnel, we wouldn’t have had as successful a ride. It is a pleasure working and participating with them,” Samaras said.
Samaras also thanked Southern Biker Magazine for help with the media campaigns, Kroger in Maryville for supplying the water for the ride and Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson for continuing to provide lunches, a concert and a safe venue for the event.