'Yayo's Bike Run' helps family through tough times

'Yayo's Bike Run' helps family through tough times

MARLOW,Okla._Hundreds of bikers rode through the streets of Marlow and Comanche County Saturday for the 10th annual 'Yayo's run,' which is a fundraiser for a family shouldering the financial burden of cancer.

The engines could be heard throughout town. The crowds began to gather Saturday morning and they just kept coming. Alongside just enjoying the ride, this group was riding for a special cause, cancer patients, but more recently, the Horton family.

"I can just imagine what they must've gone through. They are always in my prayers," Lupe Varela said.

Destry Horton was a firefighter in Rush Springs, who died battling a blaze in 2006. His daughter, McKenzie Horton, battled Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, until she recently passed away. Lupe Varela said they still have plans to help out the family.

"We will continue. Now it's a memorial run, and all we can get we will give it to her mom," Lupe said.

Yayo Varela helps to organize the event, along with his wife (Lupe), who can relate to those with family battling cancer.

"Her sister passed away from cancer so we started to help people. We know it's a lot of expenses," Yayo said.

This is why they decided to get involved, and what started out as a small group of friends, turned into a community event.

The first year for 'Yayo's Bike Run' there was about three bikes. Last year, they were up to 128. Lupe says it's overwhelming to her every year, remembering what they started with and seeing how much it's grown.

"We feel blessed. Everybody helps out, everybody pitches in," Lupe said. "They're wonderful people. I feel like we're one big happy family. There are no friends, just family, and that's how I feel."

The bikers left the starting line at about 11:15 Saturday morning. The first wave included 112 bikes, but more joined in along the way. The bikers concluded their trip at the same house, and then enjoyed food and a live band.