CONESUS — The Conesus Lake Riders held the Camp Good Days Bike Run in order to help terminally ill children on June 2.
Conesus Lake Riders President John Hynes said that the club has been doing this for over 15 years now. The turnout was really great this year.
“These terminally ill children come from all over the world to Camp Good Days,” he said. “We have done this as a group for over 15 years.”
American Motorcyclist Association sanctioned races are rare these days, and Conesus Lake Riders is proud to be AMA approved.
“We are fully insured for riders and passengers on these races, and not many are like that anymore,” Hynes said. “We also do a ride for the Theresa House the last Sunday of August. Both of these events are very successful.”
Hynes said that not many people understand what Camp Good Days is about, and how it helps give some joy to terminally ill children.
“The camp is free for all the kids to come, and have a week of fun,” he said. “All of these kids can hardly get around. This is about them having a good time.”
The Conesus Lake Riders go to Camp Good Days on Wednesday or Thursday nights and sit with the children.
“We really enjoy making the trip down there, and having supper with the children on Wednesday or Thursday nights,” Hynes said. “There is no such thing as a bad day for you when you go down and see these kids. They are really tough kids.”
There is a sanctuary there with a memorial of all the children who have passed away. These children were all part of Camp Good Days at one point. Race car drivers have donated cars for the children to play in at the camp.
“There were times we had 1,200 riders on this run. Nowadays we have about 100 riders,” Hynes said. “Honestly anything over 100 is too many bikes to keep track of on the road.”
Hynes said that the state troopers block off sections of the road for them, and other riders hold positions at intersections for this ride.
Camp Good Days Bike Run starts off in Arkport every year. The riders get to go down to Camp Good Days, Cohocton Legion, and back to the Conesus Lake Riders Clubhouse.
Hynes said that this is for a great cause near and dear to many people’s hearts. There are about nine cottages for the children to stay at. They are all supervised and under medical care while at the camp.
“The parents are under a tremendous amount of stress, because their child is dying,” he said. “This cause is all worth it in the end. We want to keep helping out these people as much as we can.”
All of the proceeds for this event do directly to Camp Good Days. To learn more about this camp for terminally ill children visit https://www.campgooddays.org/