We raise funds and build awareness of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through motorcycle rides to St. Jude children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and the St. Jude Midwest affiliate located in Peoria, IL. Our goal is to financially help to further their mission of advancing cures and find preventions for childhood cancers.

In 2007, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts took to the road, traveling 465 miles from Peoria, Illinois, to Memphis to raise $90,000 for St. Jude.  In our 11th year, the St. Jude Motorcycle Ride roared onto the St. Jude campus and raised $807,000. Since inception, the Rides have raised $5.2 million.

Founded by Peoria Sheriff Mike McCoy and Brad Wiebler, a typical St. Jude Ride brings 150 motorcyclists with 76 passengers on the journey from Peoria to Memphis. Satellite rides from five cities brought the total number of riders and passengers to 280. 

Gary Fulrath, Sterling/Rock Falls Ride Coordinator, wanted to get more involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He met with the leaders on how to get involved with the St. Jude Rides. In 2015, a group of 5 riders from the Sterling/Rock Falls area participated in the St. Jude Princeton to Memphis Ride. Gary said, “In all the different charities I have been involved with, the St. Jude Ride is far the most outstanding. My granddaughter did not have cancer but she had a different kind of illness at birth and my son and daughter in law had to pay a small fortune. St. Jude takes a large burden off the minds of the family, because all a family should worry about it getting their child better.” In each mile of the Ride it got more amazing. When we got into Dyersburg, it was incredible to see all the motorcycles and the people who came out to support us. The most heart touching was riding into the St. Jude Campus. We were welcomed with a spirit spot of over 1,000 ALSAC/St. Jude employees greeting and cheering for us as we came in. This Ride is unlike any experience you will ever have. You need to experience it for yourself and you will be hooked! LIVE TO RIDE SO THEY CAN LIVE!

We welcome you to participate with your dollars, or join us on our ride. this event is extremely heartwarming. You will meet wonderful people who all participate for various reasons. Expect lots of nice surprises. This unique experience is well worth the effort. 

For more information and to get involved, please contact Gary Fulrath at or 815-499-6332.



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Join us September 12th -14th 2019