By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
HUDSON – After a year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, the 11th Riding for Why Me & Sherry’s House motorcycle ride took place Sept. 19. The ride began and ended at the Hudson Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 643.
This year, 123 motorcyclists and many passengers traveled the 63-mile route to Princeton and back. Others joined them afterward for a barbecue.
Lenore and John Musorofiti organize the fundraiser in memory of their step-grandson Nicky Cremins. Their family received support from Why Me before Nicky died of bone cancer at age 8 in 2001.
Why Me is a Worcester-based nonprofit that helps families cope with childhood cancer. Its headquarters is Sherry’s House.
Prior to this year’s ride, Hudson Eagles President Kristie Raymond welcomed participants to the facility’s first large-scale, in-person event in two years. Hudson Eagles Chaplin Pam Chaves offered a prayer.
Meg Deane sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Ryan Roderick, age 10, recited “The Pledge of Allegiance.” His sister Erin died of brain cancer at age 4 in 2009. Their family received support from Why Me.
Event co-founder Lenore Musorofiti spoke to the participants during the post-ride barbecue. She quoted John Paul Dejoria’s foreward in “The Meaning of Life According to Bikers: The Biker Book for Charity” edited and introduced by Louise Lewis.
“I think bikers are some of the most charitable people on the planet,” Musorofiti said. “They love our land, they love our country, they love the world, and they love helping others.”