Anna Haney is shown here at prom time and now as she is battling cancer.
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Anna Haney is shown here as a senior, left, at Gordon Lee High School and now as she battles cancer.

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The family of Anna Haney is also planning a benefit motorcycle ride for her in partnership with the Harley Davidson in Dalton. Her father Rusty Haney and his twin brother Randy Haney are organizing that bike ride planned for Aug. 27. To learn more, search for “Anna Haney Support Page: Hearts and Hands for Anna” on Facebook.

Friends of Anna Haney invite local motorcycle riders to help the 19-year-old Chickamauga resident in her fight against cancer by participating in a ride in her honor.

Ride co-organizer Kelly Westermeyer said the Georgia State Patrol will escort riders and Chick-fil-A will give them food at the end of the ride, being held Saturday, June 25.

"The motorcycle ride will go down 151 to 136," said ride co-organizer Jody Tucker. "We will go around Villanow and go by Dug Gap Mountain. We will go by the North Georgia Trade and Convention Center. It ends at the Harley Davidson in Dalton."

Riders can register at 9:30 a.m. Kickstands will go up at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Ringgold Food Lion. The entry fee is $15 a bike and $5 for each additional rider. One thousand T-shirts donated by Komatsu will be sold and 100 percent of the profit will go to Haney.

Checks can be made payable to the Hearts and Hands for Anna and presented to Capital Bank in Chickamauga or SouthCrest Bank in Chickamauga.

The rain date for the event is July 9.

Westermeyer said the idea for the ride came from her daughter.

"My daughter Katelyn Alexander has done a lot of this," said Westermeyer. "She is a rising senior at Gordon Lee High School. She wanted to do a fundraiser for Anna since they are friends. Anna's father is with her in Texas at MD Anderson and it gets pricey. My daughter wanted to do something for Anna and she called Jody to help."

Whoop-D-Doo Salon in Ringgold, Five Star Home Care and Mountain Tronics are all helping with donations for the ride, she said.

"One hundred percent of what we raise will go to Anna," said Westermeyer. "Katelyn and Anna talk daily now. Anna is hopefully going through the last round of chemo to shrink her tumor [in her leg] for surgery."

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