Riders, and even just revelry of a locals couple’s dedication to helping those with cancer, are ready to have fun at the 13th annual “Yayo’s Run” bike ride and dinner.
Yayo Varela and his wife, Guadalupe Varela, have hosted the event after their own family was affected by cancer, and they were moved to help others.
This year, the ride will benefit Jose Mitchell, 5, who is the son of Zac and Christina Mitchell, who is fighting leukemia.
Guadalupe Varela said Jose was picked like all the people they’ve helped: by word of mouth.
“He’s from Stephens County,” she said. “We asked around for someone [to benefit] who had a child going through that, and there were several, but he was the one from here locally, but we don’t know them [personally].”
The ride will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday from 411 S. Broadway in Marlow. Head to Harley Davidson in Lawton for lunch and then to Chaps My Ass in Medicine Park before heading back to Marlow.
Last year, there were 150 riders and more people waiting in Marlow for the dinner.
Guadalupe hopes the weather will hold for the day.
“We hope [attendance] goes up, but it’s been raining and we’ve been praying for it not to rain that day,” she laughed. “We had about 200 people last year.”
This year’s raffle prize is a motorcycle from Journey Custom Cycles; tickets are $20 a piece.
“We also have a silent auction, but after we see that everyone has been fed, that’s when we tell them it’s time to pick the lucky winner,” Guadalupe said.
The dinner is open to everyone, and it is $20 for all you can eat and $30 for a couple.
“Even if you don’t have a motorcycle, you can come join us at 4; that’s when everything starts,” she said.
There is also live music, dancing and socializing.
The event wouldn’t be what it is without the people who donate, volunteer and attend.
“We really appreciate the community and everyone else that helps us because we know they are the ones that make it happen,” Guadalupe said. “The community is full of beautiful people and we invite them to participate and give a little.”
Mitchell is also being honored at the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Blood Thanks and Giving Appreciation Banquet on Sept. 18.
For more information about Yayo’s Run, contact the Varela at 580-251-1494.