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Motorcycle riders to come through middle of Connellsville on Saturday

| Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, 6:42 p.m.

A lot of people knew Scott Nicholson.

He ran a local saw mill. And he loved motorcycles.

Nicholson died in 2007 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Wanting to help others who are burdened by the costs associated with cancer, Scott initiated a motorcycle ride as a fundraiser before he died.

His wife, Connie, continues that tradition.

The Scott Nicholson Memorial Ride will be held on Saturday.

The ride will begin at 11 a.m. from Ed Nicholson & Sons Lumber, 2451 Springfield Pike, Connellsville. The riders will go up into the Laurel Mountains and then come back to the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department hall for a dinner that should begin at about 6 p.m.

“We were fortunate enough that we had the money to make it to appointments and cover the co-pays,” Nicholson said. “But, he saw that other people needed help. He decided to find a way to raise money.”

Each year the fundraiser has been held, Connie Nicholson said a Harley Davidson motorcycle has been given away.

The first year, Scott and a friend provided the motorcycle. Since that time, a motorcycle has been donated. Nicholson said more than $38,000 has been raised each year.

She said funds are raised for the Nicholson Cancer Fund to help those in the local region, including Fayette, Westmoreland and Somerset counties.

The 500 tickets for this year's ride have been sold out for about a month.

“My husband was pretty popular and friendly to anybody,” Nicholson said.

“Being he was so well liked, so many people help,” she said. “Seventy volunteers, rain or shine, will be there. That's how much they loved him.”

She said riders include those who only get on their motorcycles once a year. Others ride all the time, even to work every day.

The ride will pass through the middle of Connellsville. Nicholson said the riders usually take about a half hour to go through an intersection. Police and EMS are alerted to the run.

Cancer patients in need of help can get in touch with the cancer fund by mail at 2451 Springfield Pike, Connellsville, PA 15424; by calling 412-582-5310, or by filling in the form available on the Nicholson Cancer Fund Inc. Facebook page.

“We're here to help,” Nicholson said.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kpolacek@tribweb.com or 724-626-3538.

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