Bikers team up with nuns for good cause - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Bikers team up with nuns for good cause

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Bikers from across Southwest Louisiana filed into Chennault air field Saturday morning. They were called by the nuns. It's a call they've been taking for seven years now.

"Originally I came home from work one day and I was bemoaning the fact that I didn't have any way to get money for my kids' projects and the sister who lived with me has a brother who is a biker. And they were actually talking on the phone and he heard my comments and he said: 'Why don't you ask the bikers they're generous people,'" said Sister Rosanne Popp, with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  

Now known as the "Run with Nuns" motorcycle ride, they've been very generous - raising a lot of money for the Christus St. Patrick Foundation. This is the first time they've come to Lake Charles.

"Bike runs these days are a very, very popular way of raising funds. Almost every weekend there is a bike ride that raises money for cancer victims. Just about every fund raising situation, very busy and very generous," said Jim Morris, event organizer.  

With 206 bikes strong their generosity will help build the Christus St. Patrick Hospital Wellness Center for Healthy Living. Organizer Kay Barnett is thankful for the support.

"The turnout is incredible and we have people from all walks of life and we wanted a project that really brought out all kinds of people and families," said Barnett.  

Cancer survivor Leonard "Lucky" Bowring says riding is quality time with his son Matthew.

"Since I've had cancer a couple of years ago, we bought the motorcycle and me and him have been doing more time together on the motorcycle," said Bowring.  

Bishop Provost blessed the bikers before they revved up their engines. Their journey took them all the way to Cameron and through the Creole Nature Trail.

The Center for Healthy Living is estimated to cost $5,000,000. So far the Christus St. Patrick foundation has raised $3,000,000 and hopes to break ground on the facility some time later this year.

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