The Northwoods Riders for Colon Cancer Awareness (NRCCA) recently donated $3,000 to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care in memory of Chuck Burns.

The NRCCA was formed in 2012 by Burns, who died in 2015 after a long battle with colon cancer. While undergoing chemotherapy, he was inspired by a story about a young cancer patient who started a lemonade stand to raise money to help other people with cancer.

According to a media release from CHI St. Joseph’s Health, Burns wanted to give back to hospice and provide other patients and their loved ones with personal items and other immediate needs to assist in their end-of-life care.

To date, the NRCCA has donated more than $27,000 to Park Rapids and Bemidji hospice. The group organizes an annual motorcycle ride. The seventh annual Colon Cancer Awareness Ride is planned for Sept. 7.

All donations from the ride and fundraising event go to the Chuck Burns Hospice Compassion Fund with the CHI St. Joseph’s Health Foundation.

To participate in the ride or support the event, call Liz Stone at 732-0015.