3rd annual bike ride to battle cancer in Iron County

Funds raised support Relay for Life of Iron County.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 7:33 PM EDT
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IRON RIVER, Mich. (WLUC) - Friday morning in Iron River started off cloudy, with areas shrouded in fog.

But the vision for the biking fundraiser on this day was clear for a group of over two dozen, led by Chris Shamion.

The team affably call’s her “Granny.”

And this is the 3rd annual “Granny’s Gang Pedaling for the Cure.”

“Four years ago, I did my first ride for this event by myself, followed by my husband (Jerry Shamion). It’s ironic to think six months after that, I was discovered to have some cancer. I went through surgery, doing fine and I am very thankful about that. Five months past my own experience, my husband was diagnosed with cancer -- and passed eight months later. This is something that’s hit our family. We’ve lost a daughter-in-law, lost my husband (Jerry Shamion) to cancer. So it is very meaningful on what I do. Many people have stories as well,” said Shamion.

This year’s bike ride covered 22 miles from Klint Safford RV Park -- a journey together with those in the battle against cancer.

They voyaged through trails and paved roads throughout Iron County.

Shamion likened it to the cancer journey itself.

“There are many hills around our area. They’re difficult. We are not big cyclists, but we will make it to the finish line. So we must get off our bike occasionally and push it up the hill. And it gives us time to think about difficult days that people have had along their cancer journeys,” she explained.

This is 18-year-old Jordan Shamion’s second time riding -- in honor of her grandparents.

“(It means) super-much. It means the most to me to be able to commemorate my grandpa (Jerry Shamion) like this because he would have loved to see this,” said Jordan Shamion.

“We never know what’s around the next curve. It just kind of tells the story and reminds us how thankful we must be for life and health,” said Chris Shamion.

And these stories will continue to be told, as their journey to find a cure pedals on.

The money goes to Relay for Life of Iron County.

To help ‘Granny’s Gang’ raise money for research and programs serving cancer patients and their families, please send your contributions to: Relay for Life, Shamco, Inc., Box 436, Iron River, MI 49935.

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