By Perry and Traci Nelson
Ed’s Ride is a charity motorcycle event in memory of Ed Miller who passed away from Alpha-1 AntiTrypsin disease. Ed was a member of the Howlers MC. Every year the Howlers Community Service Riders Inc host this ride to benefit the Alphazonies, a non-profit organization. All contributions go directly to this local support group for people stricken with the congenital disease Alpha-Antitrypsin Deficiency. Joe Diggs who was a close friend of Ed explained that they are a group that helps promote awareness and support to battling Alpha-1 and their families.
This common hereditary disorder can result in lung and liver disease in both children and adults. We learned that many people are misdiagnosed, delaying proper treatment through detection. Their group is trying to bring awareness to both the public and medical communities. The Alphazonies assist valley area people with Alpha-1 and their families with this disease in many facets of their lives; by helping them understand the disease through: webinars, guest speakers, and by providing current updates from research. Alphazonies also offers local financial assistance to those in hardship as a result of this disease which often leaves people unable to work and requires extensive and expensive medical treatments.
The Ed’s Ride poker run took us throughout the valley starting with Arrowhead Harley-Davidson in Glendale where you can register for the ride and enjoy a free hot breakfast. Traci used to work at there, in the parts department, and bought her first two motorcycles from Arrowhead. The next stop we rode to was the Desert Rose Steakhouse on Grand Ave. in downtown Glendale. Then we were off to Renegade Classics in east Phoenix where they served coffee and snacks to the group. Renegade is part of our old stomping grounds where Traci used to work special events for Jules Elliott, a QT journalist at the time, and John the previous owners. I brought my bikes to display there for several of their Renegade Classic Customer Appreciation events.. We bought gloves and a tool bag for the Dyna before we headed out to the next stop, the Dirty Dogg Saloon in Scottsdale. Last year the singer Pink and her husband Carey Hart were there. This year we had an Amy Schumer look-alike. Who knows…hummmmm… Lol.
Then came the final stop at The Roadhouse in Cave Creek where they raffled off their theme baskets. The ride out to Cave Creek was the longest “between stops” and the Arizona scenery is breathtaking. We rode with the Howlers MC and they really know how to ride. I posted a video on our Facebook Quick Throttle Group Page to put you right with us and get a feel of what it was like. We had lunch while listening to the band play at the Roadhouse, then walked around Cave Creek to the different stores including Buddy Stubbs to visit our friend Beth. Another great time with great people.