It doesn’t take long for one to realize the name doesn’t tell the story. This cause is not lost for the Lost Cause Motorcycle Rider’s Group, who has made it an annual project to raise funds and awareness for the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Lost Cause is a motorcycle rider’s group in Central Iowa, and members attend and support many local charitable events in their communities and surrounding communities. They are a close knit group who share a passion for riding motorcycles.
Like so many people, the members of Lost Cause didn’t know much about Parkinson’s until their friend and fellow member, Chad Pierson, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2007 at the age of 37. A couple of years after his diagnosis, the group had suggested having a fundraiser to help Chad, better known as "Beads," and his wife, Kristen ("Teen"), with finances while they traveled to Mayo Clinic for Chad to have the deep brain stimulation procedure performed. Chad didn’t think he "needed" a fundraiser, since there are so many others who are worse off than himself. The Lost Cause group, including Chad and Kristen, decided to organize a fundraiser to help all people suffering from Parkinson’s.
This will be the fifth year for the event called "Shake, Rattle, & Roll" and Lost Cause is working with the Iowa Chapter of APDA (American Parkinson Disease Association) to sponsor this event. Shake, Rattle, & Roll will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23. There is a short motorcycle ride, which will start at Carousel Lanes in Story City (registration from 11 a.m.-noon — no cost for the ride). The ride will leave Story City at noon, travel to Cadillac Jacks in Baxter and end at Pal’s in Maxwell. Non-riders are welcomed and encouraged to attend, starting around 4 p.m. at Pal’s in Maxwell. After arriving in Maxwell, raffles and a live auction will be held. There will also be food (smoked pork loin by Tracey Below) and live music featuring Richard Arndt from Des Moines, who performs blues, rock and southern rock.
All proceeds from the event go to the Iowa Chapter of APDA. APDA improves the lives of people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families with patient/caregiver support, education and positive lifestyle programs; awareness, social and fundraising events; and scientific research funding at all levels. APDA delivers help for today and hope for tomorrow.
For more information or questions, please contact Kristen Pierson at 641-751-7293.