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Misty Derringer loves to feel the wind in her face when she climbs aboard the 2001 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic that she and her and husband own. But she also loves to feel the warmth in her heart when she volunteers for the American Cancer Society.

Come Saturday, Derringer’s two loves will merge at the inaugural Rumble for the Cure fundraiser, a 90-mile motorcycle ride meant to let the good times and compassion roll side by side.

The event will benefit the southern Indiana office of the American Cancer Society’s Lakeshore Division serving Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. Registration fees will go toward organizers’ goal of $10,000 for the rain-or-shine event beginning at 1 p.m. at Mann’s Harley-Davidson at Edinburgh Premium Outlets north of Columbus. The fundraiser will include a post-ride auction, live music and other activities at the Moose Lodge in Columbus.

“I feel like the cause is good enough that people will respond,” Derringer said.

She has participated in the cancer society’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser but wanted to do more.

Julie Mann, a member of the organizing committee and manager of Mann’s Harley-Davidson, one of the event sponsors in Edinburgh, said her involvement and her business’ connection to the event can be explained simply.

“There is not a person I know of who doesn’t know someone who has been affected in some way by cancer, whether that’s a family member or a friend,” Mann said. “We all have lost very dear friends and family to cancer, so this is a big deal. But this also is meant to help the survivors as well.”

Cancer society programs assist family members of patients in various ways, including linking them with support groups or offering advice on explaining a parent’s cancer to a frightened child.

Derringer has affixed a slogan to the event that summarizes her feelings about the day: “Riding for the fighter, honoring the survivor and making it rumble for the ones no longer riding beside us.”

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