On a beautiful, crisp late Sunday afternoon, the roar of motorcycles could be heard rolling through Lebanon. Many could assume that these bikers were taking advantage of the few last beautiful summer afternoons, but for 75 riders, this ride was for Cheyenne.
The riders came together for a benefit poker run and helped raise $516 for Cheyenneâ€™s funeral expenses, with all left over money starting a trust fund for her brother, Tyler.
The ride started at Memories Grill & Bar at noon, making four stops along the way, which included Busters, Double E, Oasis and RestStop and returning back to Memories.
â€œIt was a great day, great ride, good people and lots of fun,â€ said Sid Williams. â€œThose who didnâ€™t show up missed a good cause and a chance to contribute to it.â€
Cheyenne Lashea Mcelvaney, 3-months-old, died July 29, 2007, from complications of SIDS. Her parents, Canvas Mcelvaney and Keith Lackey hope to do more benefit runs like the poker run to get information about SIDS and train parents about CPR out there.
â€œWe have talked with a few bikers about taking this to the Senate get things changed,â€ said Lackey. â€œGet mothers training before they leave the hospital. She [Canvas] wants to get a program started that shows vidoes or have training about SIDS before they [parents] leave the hosptial. Nurses give them pamphlets before leaving the hosptial, but most mothers are just happy to have their child. They have so many pamphlets, are they donâ€™t know what is what.â€
Mcelvaney said, â€œNo parents should go through what we had to go through. If parents were educated, then they can say â€˜atleast I tried my best.â€™ I believe every parent should know how to do CPR, or atleast be fresh on their brain either they have a few kids now or five years later when they have a new baby, they remember how to do CPR.â€
Lackey commented, â€œWe want to help families for Cheyenne.â€
Cheyenne parents are not the only ones wanting to help families torn apart from SIDS, David Fraizier, a father who recently lost a child stopped by to meet Lackey and Mcelvaney.
â€œI wanted to help somebody that was trying to cope with the samething that we were going through, so we left a note at the cemetetary to let them know, â€œsaid Fraizier. â€œHe [Lackey] called. Its nice that you can help somebody in the same circumstance, to come together and try to help each other.â€
Others like Kim Blackburn and Sam Fox, owners of Memories, helped Mcelvaney plan this event two weeks after Cheyenneâ€™s funeral.
â€œWe like doing this,â€ said Blackburn. â€œNeither one of us ride, but alot of our friends do and our customers do.
â€œWe just made phones calls said this is what we are doing, â€˜would you like to donate?â€™ And everyone we call did something. It came together really quick.â€
Eddie Davis summed it up for alot of bikers when he said, â€œIt was a perfect day for it. It didnâ€™t mater if it rained, we would have still done it.â€