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Memorial Ride for Kelsey Hunnicutt

Written by  August 3, 2018

On Saturday, July the 7th, 2018, riders gathered at Jack's on Gadsden Hwy in Birmingham, Alabama to ride over to the Lakeview Country Club just below McCalla, Alabama to join up with others to ride in memory of Kelsey Hunnicutt.

 

Kelsey was diagnosed with childhood cancer in High School at the age of 17 and went through 33 weeks of chemo treatments and had to have a total knee and partial femur replacement and through it all she never seemed to let it get her down. It was thought that she had pretty much kicked cancer’s butt as she was shown to be cancer free in August of 2014. She went on to finish high school that year.

She had remained cancer free for several years and had managed to fulfill at least one of her dreams which was to become a student at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and would have graduated in 2018. She was also well on her way to realizing another of her dreams which was to get married and have a family of her own.

Kelsey and her boyfriend, Jaxon Marshall had planned on taking a vacation to the Bahamas in April for spring break and it was there that he had planned to put the ring on her finger that he had already gotten, and pop that very important question.

However, before that could happen, she passed away unexpectedly from a heart condition the family knew nothing about; Congenital Anomaly of the Coronary Arteries which ultimately took her life in February of 2018 leaving her family and friends devastated to say the least.

She was such a bright girl with a bubbly personality, outgoing and never met a stranger.

Her loving family along with a few kind friends like Larry Hardeman and the biker community collaborated to pull this ride together to celebrate Kelsey!

The ride was started originally to pay for Kelsey’s headstone, so that she wouldn’t be out there without one.

 Kelsey was a big supporter of "Smile a Mile", a camp for kids living with cancer, where she was a counselor for 4 years and really enjoyed seeing those kids faces light up when they came to the camp. She loved helping these kids with cancer and would visit them often in the hospital.

  This roughly 68-mile journey started at Jack's, then to Lakeview Country Club and ended at T-Town Harley-Davidson, with a stop along the way at Kelsey's final resting place to pay their respects.

  Mom Denise says the family vows to continue this ride in Kelsey's memory and next year they will be raising money to go to "Smile a Mile" in Kelsey's honor! 

We would like to extend a big thank you to mom Denise and Karla Duncan for sharing pictures and information, and to Kelsey for sharing her love of life with us all!