Bellin named a beneficiary of Parins Cruise for Cancer

06/02/2009

GREEN BAY — The Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer, a motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients and families throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, has named The Bellin Foundation as one of its beneficiaries. The Bellin Foundation was presented a check from Parins, through a partnership with the Green Bay Packers Foundation, for $14,000 on Tuesday at Lambeau Field.

“We are honored by this generous gift and inspired by the work Jerry has done in this community,” said Michael Frohna, president of The Bellin Foundation. “We will use this gift to assist patients at The Cancer Team at Bellin Health, who are waging their own battle with this disease.”

Jerry Parins, the Packers’ senior security advisor and organizer of the event, was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Parins was strengthened during his journey by the support he received from his family and friends, and witnessed many families who also were dealing with the effects of the treatment and disease. At the time, Parins pledged to help other families dealing with the disease, and thus the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer ride was born.

The Bellin Foundation was among six local organizations to receive gifts. The funds distributed were raised in last year’s Cruise for Cancer, an event that drew nearly 800 participants. Since its inception, the ride has raised approximately $250,000 for the cause.

This year’s ride, the sixth annual, is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 11:30 a.m. Registration forms and information are available at www.cruiseforcancer.org.