Maryland Air National Guard members support the Ride Across Maryland

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  • By Master Sgt. Ed Bard
  • 175th Wing
The Maryland Air Guard Riders shined up their motorcycles and raised over $2,400 to fight breast cancer. Six riders participated in the Ride Across Maryland June 4 through the 6, 2011. The 150 mile ride led the team from the Columbia Mall to Ocean City, Md. Tech. Sgt. Brandon Helt, from the Maryland Air National Guard's 135th Airlift Group was the team captain. Other team members included Senior Master Sgt Craig Rabinowitz, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Shortridge, Staff Sgt David Deutsch, retired Lt. Col. Butch Hensel, and retired Army Sgt. Vince Webster. The team raised $2,440 during the weekend event.

Sgt. Helt and his group organized a cook-out June 3 at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River Md. drawing over 150 people to support the effort, and raising over $600.

When asked why he wanted to help with this event Sgt. Helt said, "What started out as a three man operation in 2009 quickly grew into a team of citizen airmen fueled by a desire to continue helping others. Our goal is to support the communities of Maryland both in and out of uniform, and we feel this event is an excellent opportunity to be part of a great cause."

The Ride Across Maryland is in its 11th year of operation and topped $2 million last year in donations to fight breast cancer. The Ride Across Maryland is the largest independent fundraiser in the country for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the global leader of the breast cancer movement working to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

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