Registration is under way for the 32nd annual MDA's Ride For Life event this weekend.

Registration is under way for the 32nd annual MDA's Ride For Life event this weekend.
"(Ride For Life) is to raise funds for families battling muscle disease and bring awareness to the public about these diseases," said Cemma Hurn, associate executive director of MDA. The funds raised at Ride for Life go to sending our youngsters to Summer Camp, flu shots, Clinics, life-saving research, etc."
Registration began on Thursday at Hideout Harley Davidson, Joplin. But the event will continue until Sunday. Registration for today - at Hideout Harley Davidson - will start at 9 a.m. and Chris Bassett will be playing music from 3-6 p.m.
"On Saturday, registration and breakfast for registered riders at 8 a.m., wth Parking Lot Party with live music from Johnny Williams, Lonnie & Denny, and Ruby Wrath & the Rebel Hearts until 6 p.m.," she said "Lunch provided by Waffle House of Webb City and Clouds Meats for registered riders (must have wrist bands). Group leaves from Hideout at 6 p.m. to Main St. Cruise Night. Big Smitty will begin playing at 7 p.m. with street vendors until 9:30 p.m. You can still register downtown. Then on Sunday, registration and breakfast for riders at 8 a.m., silent auction ends at 11 a.m. Opening Ceremonies & Blessing of Bikes at 11:30 a.m. Kick stands up at noon to ride to Indigo Sky (near Seneca)."
This year's goal for the entire event is $35,000.
"Funds raised from the Ride For Life will go toward our MDA Summer Camp, Flu Shots, Life-Saving Research, etc.," said Hurn.
Each year, the first rider out is an MDA ambassador.
"Joyce Williams is our Ride of Honor for 2017," she said. "Every year she has brought her love for riding motorcycles together with her love for helping children in hopes of raising money to find a cure for muscle disease. Not only does she help organize the Ride For Life she also leads a ride to our Summer Camp in Roach, Mo., so that the kiddos can take turns riding the bikes. She is truly dedicated to MDA kids, always asking people to open their hearts and wallets for them."
Once they arrive at Indigo, the participants will receive a food voucher to any of the Indigo Sky restaurants, live music and free play (must have ID and must be 18 years or older).
For more information and prices, visit  www.mdaevent.org/rideforlife2017  or Cemma Hurn at churn@mdausa.org.