Southern Saints Motorcycle Club holds cancer fundraising event

The area’s motorcycle clubs are no strangers to hosting events and rides for members of the community.

As recently as December, several motorcycle clubs came together to collect coats to donate to those in need. But this Saturday, the local motorcycle club, the Southern Saints’ newest fundraiser, will hit a little closer to home.

“It’s still the same to this day, you know. We’re there for each other, taking care of each other. And that’s the biker lifestyle. You take care of each other. others. You have a good heart,” Perry Logan said with the Southern Saints.

Logan helped organize a ride this Saturday, which has been named F*** Cancer, and is dedicated to fellow Southern Saints member Joe Ludwick, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in October.

Joe Ludwick with the Southern Saints rides a motorcycle in October.

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Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and the event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Southern Saints Clubhouse, 8195 East Bay Blvd. in Navarre. From there, the ride travels through various parts of Santa Rosa County, from Brothers United MC in Milton, to Bridge Bar and Country Gym in Gulf Breeze, and back to Navarre to visit Stripes.

The stops will include raffles and auctions for prizes, and the money donated will be used to help Ludwick. The registration price is $15 per motorbike and an additional $5 per passenger.

“If someone they know gets cancer or someone else’s daughter is going through a tough time and she gets really sick, they put these things in place just to bring the community together and help with that kind of stuff. And I think that’s absolutely wonderful,” said Joe Dunne, co-owner of the Field gymnasium.

Dunne said he enjoys having the biker community as regular customers.

“Oh, we’re super excited. I mean, these guys are coming together — they’re drawing a terrific crowd,” Dunne said.

Ludwick, or as he is known to the motorcycle club community “Jose”, said his brothers from the Southern Saints came to see him in December to arrange a ride for him. But he said the group doesn’t usually hold events for members.

Joe Ludwick, right, was diagnosed with cancer in late 2021.

“They’re all my brothers and everything. So they’re helping me out,” Ludwick said.

His wife, Ria Ludwick, added that whenever the local motorcycle club community comes together, it feels like a warm, family atmosphere.

Logan said he expects between 100 and 200 people to show up to the event from various motorcycle clubs and said everyone is welcome. He added that the biker community that exists in the area is not the same as what people see on TV and he hopes people will take the time to learn about their community.

“Not all MCs (motorcycle clubs) are like that. Most clubs aren’t like that in the United States,” Logan said. “It’s Hollywood, you know. I mean, it just entertains you to see you come back and watch next week.”

Both Perry Logan and his wife, Sam, said there was an added layer to the relationship between Ludwick and the Southern Saints, given that he had been involved with the group for around a decade. Perry Logan pointed out that all of these events are for the community as a whole, and this one just happens to focus on one of the Southern Saints members.

“It’s all about community. I’ve been here most of my life, and everyone we all know has been here too — we’re just here for community,” Logan said.

Joseph K. Bennett