The HPD Bike Relay Team’s 38th annual fundraising ride got a stupendous sendoff at the HPOU on June 25 with dozens of well-wishers present to demonstrate moral support.
The ride raises funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It began at the HPOU Building with 26 participants bound for Boston.
Team leader Ronnie Mascheck (HPD Retired) said, following tradition, the team consists of HPD officers, family members and a friend of the team.
“Each member carries dog tags with cancer survivor names or names of those patients not so fortunate to have survived to remind them of the struggle patients endure as they fight cancer,” Mascheck explained.
“The team has ridden to Canada nine times, to Alaska and through every state in the country except Hawaii. There are hopes of one day doing that via cruise ship with officers riding a stationary bike, or some other manner.”
This year the team will ride in honor of retired Sgt. David Houston, who is in treatment for pancreatic cancer.
“We will also honor Daniel Wisnoskie, who is a team member and a driver/operator/paramedic with The Woodlands Fire Department. He is the son of Senior Police Officer Mike Wisnoskie, a team member for the last 25 years.
“Daniel is undergoing treatment for B-cell Lymphoma,” Mascheck said.