Bockting hits road again for ACS
About seven years ago, Dan Bockting of Corydon rode his Roark custom titanium bike more than 2,600 miles ‘ from San Diego to Daytona Beach, Fla. ‘ during a 26-day trek to raise money for the American Cancer Society. About $40,000 was collected.
Now, at the age of 57, Bockting is at it again, but this time he’s sticking close to home.
‘I’ve done other benefit rides, for MS, 150-mile rides,’ he said. ‘But this one is a long ride. It will be about 2,400 miles.’
Bockting, who wears a white jersey with black and red trim and always a helmet when riding, started on May 1 and hopes to complete his goal by Aug. 31, logging 120 miles a week.
‘Normally, I leave from the house,’ which is located a few miles west of Corydon, he said.
The near-daily rides encompass different parts of Harrison County.
‘I wanted to keep it local,’ said Bockting, who retired in 2006 after 30-plus years at Ford Motor Co.’s Assembly Plant in Louisville.
However, the goal again is the same: to collect money for the American Cancer Society.
To help spread the word, Bockting sent out a letter to friends and acquaintances.
‘My goal is to raise $10,000 to help the American Cancer Society find a cure for cancer,’ he said in the letter. ‘I am collecting donations. … Your donation will go to the American Cancer Society to one day find a cure for cancer while also providing life-saving programs and services to cancer patients and their loved ones.’
In 2006, Bockting’s ride stemmed from the death of a friend’s mother who had melanoma and another friend who succumbed to lung cancer. Bockting, who works in food and beverage at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon, said on Monday that he now has had some cancerous skin growths removed.
‘We’re seeing more and more people affected by cancer,’ he said. ‘Why would you not help try to find a cure?’
Bockting has received several sponsorships, including ones from Clarksville Schwinn, Oates Flag Co., Eckart LLC, Limeberry Lumber, Heritage Ford, Quick Lane, Trusty Tire, Kintner House Inn and IMI.
Other businesses, like Culver’s of Corydon which will have a collection jar in its restaurant through the end of the month for the American Cancer Society, have helped in other ways.
Donations can also be dropped off at Old Capital Golf Club at the pro shop or food and beverage area.
Bockting also will have another roadblock Saturday, July 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at three intersections: state roads 135 and 337, Federal Drive and Edsel Drive and Landmark Avenue and S.R. 135.
Logging miles for this fundraiser isn’t all Bockting is doing. On Friday, July 19, he and a friend, Trey Oates of Louisville, will participate in a cancer ride by riding from Corydon to Bloomington. Oates, who would meet up with Bockting during his cross-country ride in 2006, has prostate cancer.
‘There are other diseases you can collect for,’ Bockting said. ‘This is my passion. It’s a great cause.’