OSF Saint Anthony's and Bikers Fight Cancer

6/19/2015 - Alton, Illinois

The members of Bluff City Motorcycle Club may have been born to ride, but they were also born to care. The Club, in memory of a fallen brother, raised $600 to help support patients in their fight against cancer.

The group contacted OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation about raising the money in tribute to club member, Michael Dodd, of Bethalto, who passed away in January 2015 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“For many years, Mike, along with the Club, participated in many fundraisers for many different people and organizations. So, when his last request was for his brothers and sisters at Bluff City Motorcycle Club to have a fundraiser in his name and give the proceeds to the very people who cared for him at OSF Saint Anthony’s, how could we say no?” said club spokesman Bob Dunse.

Mike was only 51 years old when his battle with the cancer ended on January 7. According to the group, Mike was an inspirational father, grandfather and brother. He was a brother not only to his siblings but to his extended family as well – his brothers and sisters at Bluff City Motorcycle Club of East Alton.

Lee McRaven, development specialist for OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation thanked all the members of the Bluff City Motorcycle Club for their generous and heartwarming donation to assist patients who have exhausted insurance and other available options. Their donation will specifically support those who need financial assistance with nutritional supplements and transportation costs.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of everyone in assisting us to ease the burden that cancer has placed on so many people,” McRaven said. “The members of Bluff City Motorcycle Club have truly made a difference by giving back to their community. We are grateful for their help with our Mission.”

While the Club raised the money through the sell of t-shirts, they also participate in several other forms of fundraising for great causes like battered women’s shelters, boys and girls clubs and food pantries.

“We try to help everyone, and feel it’s very important to help the community,” said Dunse. “We are like a big family. In fact, when there is a need, all bikers tend to ride together. ”

After witnessing the financial difficulties Mike’s family endured, the Club requested the money be set aside for individuals who have exhausted all other means but still need help.

The members of Bluff City Motorcycle Club may have been born to ride, but they were also born to care. The Club, in memory of a fallen brother, raised $600 to help support patients in their fight against cancer.

The group contacted OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation about raising the money in tribute to club member, Michael Dodd, of Bethalto, who passed away in January 2015 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“For many years, Mike, along with the Club, participated in many fundraisers for many different people and organizations. So, when his last request was for his brothers and sisters at Bluff City Motorcycle Club to have a fundraiser in his name and give the proceeds to the very people who cared for him at OSF Saint Anthony’s, how could we say no?” said club spokesman Bob Dunse.

Mike was only 51 years old when his battle with the cancer ended on January 7. According to the group, Mike was an inspirational father, grandfather and brother. He was a brother not only to his siblings but to his extended family as well – his brothers and sisters at Bluff City Motorcycle Club of East Alton.

Lee McRaven, development specialist for OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation thanked all the members of the Bluff City Motorcycle Club for their generous and heartwarming donation to assist patients who have exhausted insurance and other available options. Their donation will specifically support those who need financial assistance with nutritional supplements and transportation costs.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of everyone in assisting us to ease the burden that cancer has placed on so many people,” McRaven said. “The members of Bluff City Motorcycle Club have truly made a difference by giving back to their community. We are grateful for their help with our Mission.”

While the Club raised the money through the sell of t-shirts, they also participate in several other forms of fundraising for great causes like battered women’s shelters, boys and girls clubs and food pantries.

“We try to help everyone, and feel it’s very important to help the community,” said Dunse. “We are like a big family. In fact, when there is a need, all bikers tend to ride together. ”

After witnessing the financial difficulties Mike’s family endured, the Club requested the money be set aside for individuals who have exhausted all other means but still need help.

“We saw what Mike went through and really wanted to help somebody—that is what being in this club is all about,” said Dunse. “It truly is like being one big family. We love each other, we take of each other and the togetherness that we share has a feeling only a member would truly understand. It is a special feeling.”

OSF Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center of Excellence, led by Board Certified Radiation Oncologist Dr. James Piephoff and Medical Oncologist Dr. Manpreet Sandhu, is rated in the top 75 cancer center programs in the nation by the American College of Surgeons and provides Illinois residents nationally recognized cancer services close to home.

For more information please call OSF Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center of Excellence, located at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, 915 East Fifth Street, at 463-5623.

If you would like to make a donation to the OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation in Mike Dodd’s name or support another area within OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center or OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, call Lee McRaven at 618-463-5168.

“We saw what Mike went through and really wanted to help somebody—that is what being in this club is all about,” said Dunse. “It truly is like being one big family. We love each other, we take care of each other and the togetherness that we share has a feeling only a member would truly understand. It is a special feeling.” 

OSF Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center of Excellence, led by Board Certified Radiation Oncologist Dr. James Piephoff and Medical Oncologist Dr. Manpreet Sandhu, is rated in the top 75 cancer center programs in the nation by the American College of Surgeons and provides Illinois residents nationally recognized cancer services close to home.

For more information please call OSF Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center of Excellence, located at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, 915 East Fifth Street, at 463-5623.

If you would like to make a donation to the OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation in Mike Dodd’s name or support another area within OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center or OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, call Lee McRaven at 618-463-5168.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Tina Zumwalt
Community Relations Coordinator
(618) 463-5394