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Duffy Health Center and Franey Medical Labs Collaborate on August 7th “ROAR” Motorcycle RallyPress Release

July 7, 2011

HYANNIS, MA – Looking for a way to enjoy a beautiful day on Cape Cod while supporting an important community resource? Join a group of motorcyclists led by the Duffy Health Center’s Mobile Health Clinic and members of the Barnstable Police Department as they enjoy an 18 mile ride along of some of the Cape’s more picturesque roads. All proceeds from the ride will benefit the Duffy Health Center’s Comprehensive Campaign.

ROAR, or Riders On A Road to health, hope and home, is the brainchild of Katie Franey-Lopes, Vice President of Franey Medical Labs in Sandwich. Ms Franey-Lopes was looking for a fun way to help Duffy complete its Comprehensive Campaign for their new building. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at the Mashpee Council on Aging, 26 Frank E. Hicks Drive, Mashpee. The ride begins at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude at the Lodge of Elks #1549 on Bearses Way.

An afternoon of family oriented activities is planned from noon to 5:00 pm at the Elks, including music by local bands, a silent auction and face painting. Dan McCullough, columnist, Professor at Cape Cod Community College and long retired biker will be the Master of Ceremonies. There will be food and beverages to purchase.

Ms. Lopes has been a motorcycle enthusiast since she and her husband built their first bike together. “Riders are always looking for a good reason to get together and take a ride” said Ms. Lopes, “So I thought, why not combine a ride along some of our more scenic roads with a fund raiser for Duffy?”

If you are interested in helping sponsor ROAR, there will be a kick off gathering at the Falmouth Roo Bar, Sunday July 10th from noon to 3 pm hosted by owner Jeff Lawrence. For more information, to donate an auction item or to register, click here or call Elyse DeGroot at the Duffy Health Center (508-771-7517 ext 104).

ROAR will also celebrate the beginning of National Community Health Center Week and National Healthcare for the Homeless Day. Health Centers across the county will be holding celebrations to highlight their more than 45 year record of providing affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to all people, regardless of ability to pay.