Hundreds of bikers expected to take part in Saturday's MDA Tub Run
JANESVILLE — Jacob Slack wants to be a firefighter or police officer when he grows up.
The 10-year-old loves to play outside, and his favorite part of school is recess.
Jacob also loves to see the motorcycles at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual Tub Run, which benefits people in Southwestern Wisconsin who have muscular dystrophy, including Jacob and his brother Logan.
Jacob and Logan have a form of muscular dystrophy called mitochondrial myopathy, which causes problems in the heart, lungs, kidney and liver. Both boys are stable in their disease but have health problems, especially Logan.
Because of the MDA fundraisers, Andrea Slack, the boys' mother, is reassured that her sons are provided for.
“Without the MDA Tub Run and other events and everyone who contributes to them, the kids, including mine, won't be able to go to camp,” Andrea said. “They also help with supplies like Logan's braces and other equipment. Parents can't afford this stuff because of all the medical bills. It's helped out quite a bit, not with only my family but other families out there.”
Jacob hopes to see the motorcycles at the 19th annual MDA Tub Run on Saturday.
More than 1,000 motorcycles will leave Kutter Harley Davidson, 3223 N. Pontiac Drive, Janesville, at noon Saturday and arrive at Thresherman's Park, 51 E. Cox Road, Edgerton, at 4 p.m. The Tub Run is expected to interrupt traffic on Highway 14 for about 30 minutes.
Riders pay $25 per person, and all the money goes to the MDA. Registration will be open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Money also is raised through pledges, raffle tickets and events after the ride at Thresherman's Park.
Rebecca Hildebrandt, executive director of MDA Southwestern Wisconsin, said their goal is to raise $125,000. That would put the Tub Run at about $1.8 million raised for the MDA of Southwestern Wisconsin in 19 years
Motorcycles enthusiasts are not the only people who participate. Paige McCaslin is 13 years old and has been helping with the MDA Tub Run for years. In fact, she can't remember not being involved.
“My favorite part is the satisfaction of helping people who really need it,” Paige said.
Paige was able to see how her efforts have paid off recently when she visited Jacob, Logan and other kids with muscular dystrophy at Wonderland Camp in Kenosha County. Some of the money raised at the Tub Run sponsors kids to go to camp every year.
“It was a really neat experience,” Paige said. “We got to watch them play games and watch them do arts and crafts, fishing and other stuff.”
Paige said Logan, who went to camp for the first time this year, had a big smile the whole time.