Hudson Charity Motorcycle Ride, BBQ on Sept. 11

A U.S. flag hoisted over Coolidge Street by the Hudson Fire Department welcomes back to Hudson the 2021 Riding for Sherry’s House & Why Me participants, including event co-founders Lenore and John Musorofiti (far right). (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

HUDSON – Memories of a Hudson boy are kept alive as his family prepares for the 12th Riding for Sherry’s House and Why Me. 

John Musorofiti (Lenore Musorofiti) and John Musorofiti organized the ride to honor Nicky Cremins, who was 8 years old when she died from bone cancer.

This year’s fundraiser will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11, beginning and ending at the Hudson Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #643 at 271 Cox St. Others can join riders afterward for a barbecue and raffles.

‘Always a Why Me family’

Nicky’s family gets support from Why Me. 

Why Me is a Worcester-based non-profit that provides support for families coping with childhood cancer. It was established in 1985. Since 2004, Why Me’s headquarters is at Sherry’s House, which also serves as a home away from home for families while their child receives treatment.

Musorofitis understand the importance of Being a Why Me Family.

“Once a Why Me family, always a Why Me family,”Lenore said. “Long after remission or the passing of a child, families still continue to get help from Why Me.”

To date, the Musorofitis’ fundraising efforts have collected about $130,000 for the cause.

Fundraiser’s ongoing support 

The Musorofitis are Eagles members and appreciate the club’s ongoing assistance.

“We couldn’t do this fundraiser without the Eagles’ support,”Lenore said.

“The day before and day of the ride, an incredible amount of Eagles members help set up and serve food,”John said.

“We have quite a large spread of food and some great raffle items,”Lenore was added.

Hudson Fire Department supports the ride as well. John Musorofiti was a Hudson Firefighter since 1975.

From the Eagles lot, a firetruck takes riders to Hudson. A large U.S. flag will once again hang from atop the department’s ladder truck on Coolidge Street to welcome the riders back to Hudson.

“It’s absolutely wonderful and the fire department enjoys doing this for us,”John said.

Other first responders also contribute to the ride’s success.

“Police from all the towns that we go through will direct traffic at the intersections,” he  noted.

This ride takes you 63 miles between Princeton and Princeton.

‘Kids shouldn’t have cancer’

Lenore invites Why Me Family Members to Share Their Firsthand Experiences with Childhood Cancer During the BBQ

“Kids shouldn’t have cancer,”She spoke. “I do this fundraiser to support all those families whose children have cancer as well as families who have lost their child to cancer – like ours. We do this ride to remember Nicky.”

Nicky was an active second grader at Forest Avenue Elementary School and Cub Scout in Den 4 Pack 4. A keen fisherman and holder of an orange belt in karate. He also played T-ball.

Riders’ donation is $20 per person. Register by 9 am. Ride starts at 11:00 am. Walk-ins are welcome for $10. The barbecue will start at 1:30pm. 

Learn more about Why Me Sherry’s House at whyme.orgAnd facebook.com/WhyMeSherrysHouse.

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