Editorial: Ride For A Cause

Paul Carruthers | September 10, 2013

If there’s one thing you can count on in the motorcycle industry, it’s motorcyclists coming together for a cause – especially when it’s to help one of their own.

But Broc Glover doesn’t need help. He lives the good life, as a former six-time AMA Motocross Champion should. He has a good job with Dunlop that sees him as involved as ever with the current AMA Supercross and Motocross Series; and he also has a weekend gig as the host of “Bike Week Radio Show,” a radio program that’s based near his home in San Diego, California, and airs to most of California on the Mighty 1090 radio station. He’s got a great home life with his wife, Molly, daughter, Jaycee, and son, Dayne.

But 11-year-old Dayne and every other person afflicted with cystic fibrosis (or CF) does need our help and that’s why so many people are rallying around Glover’s Breathe Easy Ride In – a charity event hosted by Glover that will see motorcyclists riding, driving, running, walking or crawling to the Del Mar Fairgrounds this coming Saturday. They will get there however they can. To help.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) website, cystic fibrosis is “an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that: clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.”

It’s not good. But it’s gotten better. Much better. Thanks to advances in research and medical development, life expectancy for those afflicted now runs into the 30s, 40s and beyond. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school, according to the CFF.

And it’s money that makes a difference. It’s what pays for the research and the research is what makes the CFF and parents like Broc and Molly Glover optimistic for the future for kids like Dayne. The Glovers are committed to the cause, as any parent of a CF sufferer would be, but they go the extra distance and truly do whatever they can to help the CFF.

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.