On Saturday, April 7th, a Motorcycle Poker Run fundraiser will be held for Sidney at Cox’s Double Eagle Harley Davidson in Pinehurst.
Sidney Povish is a sixteen-year-old West End resident who was diagnosed with (B-All) Leukemia in late 2017.
Just a year ago, Sidney was living a normal teenage life. She was a member of her Baptist youth group, an exceptional student, and a member of the Pinecrest Cheerleading Squad.
It wasn’t until the summer of 2017 when she started having terrible migraines. She continued life normally, attending church and work, but the migraines remained consistent.
For months her mother, Sue, took her to doctors for treatment. However, they were never satisfied with the answers they received.
They were told that Sidney simply had a virus, but as her symptoms dragged out, they knew it had to be something else.
Finally on November 30th of 2017, Sidney was diagnosed with (B-All) Leukemia – a fast-spreading cancer that, if untreated, can become fatal in a matter of weeks.
The doctor immediately scheduled Sidney for treatment, and Sue was notified that if Sidney had been diagnosed just two weeks later, she and the doctor would have had a different discussion.
Sidney had now been receiving chemotherapy for several months and is currently doing well in her phase of treatment.
During the week of March 5th, Sidney will become an in-patient while beginning her next phase of treatment, spending several days in the hospital every other week.
Sidney’s treatment plan is to receive chemotherapy for six to eight months and then have maintenance chemo over the next three to five years by taking a pill at home.
Funds are currently being raised for Sidney’s treatment with bracelets and fundraisers.
Cox’s Double Eagle Harley Davidson will be hosting a fundraiser for the Povish family on Saturday, April 7th.
This family-friendly event will include a Motorcycle Poker Run with awards for the best and worst poker hand. The Poker Run is $15 per bike or car and $5 per passenger. Cars and light trucks are also encouraged to participate. No donation will be turned down.
Riders will form a line and be handed a hand of cards. They will ride about eighty-six miles in about an hour with four stops along the way.
At the end of the ride, riders will present their hands of cards. The best and worst poker hands will receive a prize.
There will be items to raffle, a 50/50 drawing, vendors, and music featuring CarolinaVibez and Robert Akers.
The event will begin at 9:00AM and kickstands will go up at 10:00AM. It will be located at 7540 NC Hwy 15-501 South in Pinehurst.
All proceeds from the event will be given to the Povish family.
The event is sponsored by Cox’s Double Eagle Harley Davidson and by Souls of Service. Todd Carson, National President for Souls of Service, will be attending the event.
Cindy Geffen, member of Souls of Service, is helping to organize the event. She heard about Sidney from her granddaughter who is one of Sidney’s close friends.
“Any money raised that day goes directly to Sidney,” Geffen said. “We’re paying for it out of pocket.”
Vendors at the event will also be donating proceeds to the Povish family.
“There is no vendor fee; we just ask that vendors make a donation to the family,” Geffen said. “Bikers are really generous heart – especially where kids are involved.
Vendors will include Rita’s Italian Ice, jewelry vendors, and the Railhouse Brewery.
To become a vendor or to learn more about the event, call Cindy Geffen at (910) 984-6453 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/312863645869775/. To learn more about Souls of Service, call Todd Carson at (910) 984-6453.
Want to encourage Sidney? Send her a card! All cards can be sent to 107 Cedar Place, West End, 27376.
Further donations can be made to the family at https://www.gofundme.com/agm8w-sidneys-medical-fund. To purchase a bracelet, send a message at the Lets Ride for Sidney Facebook page.