Daring bikers and drivers from all over our area participated in a bike and automobile benefit ride called Bikers 4 Bynon on Sunday to raise funds for Tamaqua Police Officer Matt Bynon who is stricken with goblet cell carcinoid cancer, a relatively rare abdominal neuroendocrine tumor of the vermiform appendix.

Mystic Ryder Productions, a new non-profit corporation, and GabettasTattoos.com hosted the benefit ride. The 84-mile benefit ride started at the Tamaqua Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 13 on Owl Creek Road in Tamaqua and stretched through the valleys and communities of Tamaqua, Parryville, Andreas, Pottsville, and Barnesville ending at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville with a reception of music, food, and a Chinese auction.

Music entertainment for the reception was donated by bands A.D.D. and Country Rhythms. Ride benefit organizer and Mystic Ryder Productions CEO Denise Koons stated, "This ride was four months in the making." Koons, who is also a holistic practitioner, stated that her oldest son, Kevin, asked her if she could help Officer Bynon. She loved the idea and received further help from her assistant and "right hand gal" Angie Parson of Lehighton to help organize, raise donations, and hold this benefit ride to help raise needed funds for Bynon.

Koons, of Tamaqua, also plans to use her new non-profit corporation to hold other charity fundraising bike runs and events. Koons spent a number of years on the board of directors at Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua as an events coordinator. She stated her great appreciation to all the police departments, businesses, volunteers, and other individuals that sponsored or contributed to the event. In addition to teaching holistic modalities, she specializes in charitable fundraising, donations, sponsorships and marketing and promotions and media.

GambettasTattoos.com was also a host of the event and its artist, Kevin Parsons, fashioned the badge-like logo and flyers for the Bikers 4 Bynon ride shirt that all the bikers and supporters wore on the ride. More than 2,000 photos, a video, and a published memory book from the Bikers 4 Bynon benefit ride will also be posted on their website in the next week or so.

Benefit T-shirts are still available for sale to help Officer Bynon. Check memos should include "T-shirt." Mystic Rider Productions will also be selling Bikers 4 Bynon T-shirts at the upcoming Heritage Day Festival scheduled for Sunday Oct. 10 in downtown Tamaqua from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in donating to assist Bynon can also do so. Donations should be made payable to Mystic Ryder Productions, care of Wachovia Bank, 17 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pa. 18252. For more information, contact Mystic Ryder Productions at (570) 778-4167. Check donations for Officer Bynon are payable and can be mailed to Mystic Ryder Productions, P.O. Box 532, Tamaqua, PA 18252. For more ways to help or donate visit www.TheMysticRyder.com on the web.