Wheels on Fire donates $34,000 to cancer fund

Wheels On Fire presented a check of $34,000 to the Cancer Care Fund of Kosciusko County, which is dispersed by the K21 Health Foundation, Sunday. Photo by Jackie Gorski, Times-Union.
By Jackie Gorski

AKRON — Wheels on Fire – Cancer Crusaders presented checks of $34,000 each to the Fulton County Cancer Fund under the Northern Indiana Community Fund and to the Cancer Care Fund of Kosciusko County, which is dispersed by the K21 Health Foundation, on Sunday.

Chris Morehouse, co-chair, said Wheels on Fire has been around for 10 years. It started as a ministry of Beaver Dam Community Church “and they were doing most of the stuff through Relay for Life,” and then in 2015 they decided to go out on their own and make it their own little group.

“We’re just here to help people fight (cancer). No one fights alone. That’s kind of our motto. We don’t want anyone fighting this battle alone,” Morehouse said.

The money is raised through different events, including fundraisers and through donations from people’s memoriams.

Morehouse said the donations this year are pretty much in line with last year’s donations. Last year, the ministry presented the two funds with checks of $35,000 each.

Established in 2010, the Fulton County Cancer Fund provides funds to local citizens who are in need of financial assistance due to hardships or lack of insurance to purchase medications directly related to cancer.

The Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund, administered by K21 Health Foundation, provides assistance to financially-eligible residents of Kosciusko County who are suffering from cancer. The purpose of the fund is to relieve some of the financial strain that often accompanies the diagnosis.

The assistance provided includes rent or mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, food, car payments and prescription medications.

Learn more about the fund click here.