‘Hometown Heroes’ ride to fight childhood cancer

The 12th annual Hometown Heroes Road Tour kicked off with a celebration at Hendrick Chevrolet in Monroe on Friday, Sept. 13.

5-year-old Vinny Benko-Patterson, a child sponsored by Hometown Heroes, proudly dons a motorcycle helmet prior to the commencement of the tour.

5-year-old Vinny Benko-Patterson, a child sponsored by Hometown Heroes, proudly dons a motorcycle helmet prior to the commencement of the tour.

At about 9 a.m., participants in the ride mounted their bikes for a four-day, police-escorted tour to Asheville, Carolina Beach and back to Union County in an effort to raise funds for children fighting cancer. After departing on Friday morning, they also escorted two selected children sponsored by Hometown Heroes to school.

At Friday’s event, the nonprofit donated $23,000 to 23 local children to provide financial support for their battle with cancer. Each child received $1,000 each.

Children from Union County who received support included: Dylan, of Waxhaw; Sydney Grace, of Indian Trail; Vincent, of Monroe; Sarah, of Monroe; and Kate, of Waxhaw.

Prior to the participants’ departure, community members gathered for a ceremony honoring the children fighting cancer and remembering those who’ve lost their battle with the disease.

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