MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It was a full house Sunday for a poker run benefit for two police officers who have cancer. The all-day event brought hundreds of motorcycles from across the Mid-South--and across the country for that matter. This is the 19th year the Wild Pigs motorcycle club held their benefit for officers in need. This year, proceeds will benefit two officers with cancer. One is a Memphis Police officer. The other is a member of the Wild Pigs himself and an officer in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Melinda Thurmond is a MPD officer who benefited from the ride almost ten years ago when she had a brain aneurysm and a stroke. She's volunteered for the event ever since. "The giving of it all, they give it all from their hearts. They're just fantastic when it comes to it. They don't ask for anything in return, they just want to do something good.and I've been volunteering start to finish every year since they took care of me," Thurmond said.
WMC Action News Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers was there to give the bikers the forecast for their ride. He bought the beautiful weather with him. The Wild Pigs made him an honorary member for the day.
The Wild Pigs ride is the biggest annual motorcycle event in Memphis. This is the 19th year for the poker run, and over the years they've raised thousands of dollars for fellow officers. There are two requirements to be a member of the Wild Pigs: you must be a law enforcement officer and you must ride a Harley Davidson.
The Wild Pigs ride is noted every year for another reason. It's widely seen as the unofficial kickoff to the riding season every year,. Nearly a thousand riders show up, and it seems to get bigger every year.
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.