Motorcycle riders making a difference for Parkinson Disease

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

Bikers, in general, tend to be a very charitable group of people. Lost Cause Motorcycle Rider’s Group is no different. In fact, they are one of the first motorcycle groups to join APDA (American Parkinson’s Disease Association) in raising funds for Parkinson’s research and programs to help those cope with the disease. This will be the sixth straight year that Lost Cause has raised money for Parkinson’s. Shake, Rattle and Roll has now become an annual benefit that many riders and non-riders alike will attend.

Lost Cause is a motorcycle group out of central Iowa. They got their name because it seemed like a lost cause trying to get everyone together for a day’s ride. But through the years, the bikers have become better at planning rides and events. They have many friends and family from all over Iowa and surrounding states that will attend the ride, auction and festivities afterwards. Now, they not only ride for a cause, they are extremely passionate about working hard for that cause.

Lost Cause members attend and support many local charitable events in communities throughout the year. However, there is one cause, they are passionate about - PARKINSON’S DISEASE. When one of the members was diagnosed with Parkinson’s several years ago, they decided to make a difference. Not only for their member, but for millions of Parkinson’s patients all over the United States. Whether it is finding financial aid to help people with the illness or to fund clinical trials and ultimately find a cure, Lost Cause will do anything it can to help. Nearly everyone knows someone whose lives have been touched by the illness. Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that can start with mild tremors and move to complete physical incapacitation. Millions of people around the world are suffering every day with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

This year’s Shake, Rattle and Roll will be held Saturday, Aug. 29. There will be a motorcycle ride which will start at Pal’s in Maxwell, at noon (registration is from 11 a.m.-noon). There is no cost for the ride. The ride will move from Maxwell, through Saint Anthony and Radcliffe, and end at the Moose Lodge in Iowa Falls. Non-riders are also welcome and encouraged to attend, either following the motorcycle riders or at the final event in Iowa Falls. We should arrive in Iowa Falls around 5 p.m. There will be an auction, food, a raffle and live music by the Mud Puppies. All proceeds go to the APDA of Iowa.