New Castle News

June 17, 2013

Bikers gather to honor lost loved ones

Kurt Stalma
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Dozens of area bikers participated in the first Memory Run on Saturday.

S.C.A.R.S., a group that provides support for families who have experienced a sudden tragic loss of life, sponsored the event. Each motorcyclist rode in memory of someone he or she had lost.

The run began at the First Assembly of God of Pulaski Road, and ran through Ellwood City, then ended at the Scotland Meadows in Union Township.

Group member Jacque Hohmann said 35 bikes had pre-registered for the run, but she saw a much larger turnout. She said they decided to hold this run as a way to spread the word about the group.  

All who participated were asked to sign a memory board, and write for whom they were riding. The memory board served to remind participants why they were there.

Various local businesses donated to the run, including ESB Bank, Starwood Lounge, Coney Island, Faraone Brothers, Preston Motors and Fat Jimmy’s, among many others.

The ride ended with a picnic at Scotland Meadows. Shop ’n Save donated a sheet cake, which read “S.C.A.R.S. Memory Ride.”

Beth Cook and Jessica Cochran both suffered sudden losses, and thought there was a need for a support group that helped people cope with losses. They formed the group S.C.A.R.S. four years ago. The group name stands for Surrendering, Coping, Adjusting, Reaching and Sharing.

The group meets at First Assembly of God, and offers support to anyone who has suffered a sudden tragic loss.

“The hardest thing is walking through the door the first time,” Hohmann said.

She, herself, experienced a tragic loss, and said she didn’t feel comfortable joining the group at first. However, after meeting with the group for the first time, she realized that these were people who could relate to her.

“I found it to be a very healing experience,” she said. “I felt like I could help someone else.”

Although each person’s loss differs, group members can understand and relate to one another. Anyone who has suffered a sudden loss is welcome to attend the group meetings.

Those interested in meeting with the group can contact First Assembly of God at (724) 658-5611.

S.C.A.R.S. hopes to remind those grieving that they are not alone.