By Paul Kavanaugh
As parents, we all understand the absolute trauma that descends on a family when a serious disease affects one of our children. That is certainly the case for Katelyn and Wes Baker, the parents of 6-year-old Kingston. He has leukemia, a rather recent diagnosis. He is being treated at St. Jude, the outstanding children’s hospital in Memphis. While St. Jude does not charge for its services, there is still a huge financial impact for the family. Time off work, leaves of absence, travel, etc. all take their toll. Young Kingston is doing ok in his treatments, thus the name of this event, Kingston Can because he definitely CAN beat this serious disease.
To help the family in this time of need, the good folks at Indian Motorcycle Bristol and Bear’s Bar have enlisted several local businesses to help and are putting together a Bike Ride, the Inaugural Valley Rally Ride. Businesses as varied as Food City, Stateline Bar & Grill, Rogers Marine Upholstery, Jack Kite Co., Bakers Construction, Quality Tool Works and Mountain Air Compressor are all part of the effort. The ride begins at Indian Motorcycle Bristol and ends at Bear’s Bar where two bands are playing in the afternoon and evening. Registration begins at 10:30 this Saturday with kickstands up at noon. Activities include a Dice Roll and a Pig Roast, both only $5. It’s a worthy cause and a fun day, so head on out, show your support, and have a great time doing it. See you there.