Community rallies to surprise veteran with cancer - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Community rallies to surprise veteran with cancer

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - More than 100 riders took the pavement in the 5th Annual VET's and Fallen Heroes Poker Run. The event kicked off with 20 year Veteran Army Sgt. First Class retiree Richard Bailey playing and singing the National Anthem at Long Shots Bar and Billiards in Cape Girardeau.

Bailey got on a bike in his first Poker Run ever and joined other riders as they took the streets in a 70 mile ride Saturday morning. A raffle, silent auction, and other games were on hand as people helped raise funds to give towards Bailey and the Missouri Veterans Home.

Later that evening, a check was presented for $5,000 to the Missouri Veterans Home. After that, Baileys daughter took the spotlight and addressed the crowd and gave an emotional speech about her dad, Richard Bailey.

It was then Bailey was surprised with a $5,000 check to him and his wife and also a plaque with signatures from everyone who rode with him on the poker run.

Bailey, emotional like family and friends that surrounded him, thanked the audience for their help and thoughts as he continue to battle his cancer. Bailey was diagnosed two years ago with small cell lung cancer.

He, at the time, was given only two to six months to live. Bailey vows to keep fighting his cancer and to cherish every moment he has with family and friends.

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