The Children's Cancer Association in Portland, OR hosts its 4th annual JoyRide on Saturday to benefit their Caring Cabin - an actual cabin of respite for families and their children facing cancer or terminal illness.

Cliff Ellis, co-founder of CCA and an avid motorcyclist, helped start the charity ride to keep the Caring Cabin program available. The cabin is located near Pacific City, OR on 24 acres. It is surrounded by forest and offers a lakeside fire pit and a private lake for kayaking, boating and fishing. Last year, 510 family members created wonderful lifelong memories at the cabin.

The Caring Cabin is one of the cornerstones of the CCA's mission and began in 2006. JoyRide turnout varies each year but typically between 75 and 125 motorcyclists join the run and help raise as much as $30,000.

The first three years, JoyRide started at Paradise Harley-Davidson and ended at the Caring Cabin. This year, the ride stays local and includes several stops in the Portland and Southwest Washington area. Participants receive a "passport" to be stamped at each stop where they also get information about CCA and its programs. The passport serves as proof the rider made each stop and enters them to win prizes.

Pre-register or sponsor a rider or register between 8:30 and 10 a.m. on Saturday at Randall Children's Hospital, 2801 N. Gatenbein Ave. in Portland. Cost is $50 per rider and $40 per passenger. Kickstands are up at 10 a.m. Ride ends at the Corner Saloon, 2509 SW Borland Rd. in Tualatin.

Other Rides Scheduled this Weekend:

Iowa State HOG Rally June 20-22: Pre-registration is closed for the 23rd annual Iowa State Hog Rally but on-site registration is available and there are plenty of rides scheduled throughout the three-day event as well as a bike show.

Iron Butt Award June 22: Two rides challenge the rear-ends of the most ardent of riders - 1,000 miles in 24 hours or 1,500 miles in 36 hours. Proceeds benefit the Lowcountry Autism Foundation in South Carolina. Registration costs $50 and is from 6 to 8 a.m. at the Quality Inn, 2001 Boundary Street in Beaufort, SC.

Dave E. Sessions Memorial Ride June 22: The Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club in Illinois sponsors this 2nd annual 225-mile ride that raises money for the Central Illinois Burn Center, Operation Santa and the Dave Sessions Scholarship Fund. Pre-register or day of between 9 and 11 a.m. at Randolph Township Fire Department, 103 S. Buchanan St in Heyworth, IL.

Stars and Stripes Ride June 22: Provo Chapter 431 STAR Tour and Riding sponsor this 2nd annual ride that raises money for the Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson, UT.

Rescue Ride June 22: This 80-mile ride through the scenic Wisconsin countryside benefits the Brew City Bully Club Rescue organization for animals. The all day rally at Milwaukee Harley-Davidson, 11310 W. Silver Spring Road in Milwaukee, WI starts at 1 p.m. Pre-registration for $20 ends today otherwise register between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday for $25.

Purple Heart Run June 22: Rough Riders MC organize this annual poker run benefitting the Veteran's Village of San Diego and other veteran organizations in San Diego County. Event starts at 10 a.m. at the Rainbow Oaks Restaurant, 4815 5th St. at Old Hwy 395 in Rainbow, CA.

Ride for the Troops June 22: Operation Sandbox hosts the Ride for the Troops to raise money for their mission of sending care packages to America's troops. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and kickstands go up at 10 a.m. Saturday at Augusta Harley-Davidson, 4200 Belair-Frontage Rd in Augusta, GA.

Laurie's Ride June 23: Laurie's Ride began in 2004 in honor of Laurie Thiboutot who at the time was battling breast cancer. This year will be the first ride without Laurie as she lost her fight on Sept. 4, 2012. All proceeds benefit the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition Support Fund. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and kickstands go up at 10 a.m. at Nashua Harley-Davidson, 717 Milford Road in Merrimack, NH.

Ride and Rally Against Cancer June 23: This 5th annual run benefits the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund, an organization helping provide financial support to families affected by cancer. Register online or day of at 9 a.m. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. Sunday at KnuckleHeads Tavern, 108 E. North St. in Elburn, IL.

Written By: AndrewT