BLACKFOOT — The third annual Rollin For A Cause bike rally to help raise money for families affected by Juvenile Diabetes kicked off at 11 a.m. yesterday at the Snake River Travel Plaza.
"I am absolutely overwhelmed by how the community has come together. The support and belief in this cause is amazing," said the founder of Rollin' For A Cause, Susan Jensen.
The riders were to pay $15 per driver, and $10 per passenger, and also received a Rollin For A Cause T-Shirt.
"Being a part of something like this just gives you the 'warm fuzzies,'" Commented Brenda Hughes.
Jensen's initial monetary goal for this year was to raise around $20,000, and she has already exceeded that amount by raising well over $21,000.
"The families that are wanting to be a part of this and are paying it forward is just unbelievable," said Jensen.
A few of the children and adults alike who are affected by Juvenile Diabetes attended the event to support the cause.
"I think it's pretty special. It's a great thing that Susan's gig will help the families that need help with their medical bills," said Tayla Despain, who has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.
Asia Higginson attended the event in honor of her daughter, Taylor, who has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.
"It's amazing how such a small community can have so many people who want to help get together for a cause for something she [daughter,Taylor] has," said Higginson.
Theresa Rigby volunteered because her one-year-old grandson, Bryce, has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.
"When my daughter found out he [Bryce] had Juvenile Diabetes, she went to an Endocrinologist and he explained that one day he would have a special thing implanted into his hand, and he would be able to inject his insulin via a smart phone," said Rigby.
"Anytime you have children, you never know when it could be yours [diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes]," explained Jessica John.
The riders rode to the Red Pony in Inkom, then stopped at the Blue Moon in Lava Hot springs, then back over to the Rim Rock in Pocatello, and then returned back home to Blackfoot.
Rollin' for Cause continued last night at 6 p.m. at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge fora dinner, auction and the raffle drawing for a 1996 Chevy Cavelier. Some of the funds from the car raffle have been allotted to help with funeral costs for the Polatis family.
A delicious pork dinner was served and a local country/rock band, Rough Stock, provided some live entertainment throughout the evening as well.
The bond that has been established in and amongst the community due to this event is beyond words, but the reason for this cause can best be summed up in a simple quote that was printed on each of the t-shirts that the riders received: "Paying it forward, because that's how we roll."