The Brady Scanlon Memorial Ride to Remember just celebrated its 10th annual run. The morning was May 17th, 2014. The temperature was a crisp 42 degrees at the ride’s beginning. The high for the day did not break 60 degree’s. Even though it rained two times during the four hour ride, over 50 bikes braved the elements to and from Rabbit Hash to honor and remember a good man, and a great soul. The ride lasted about 4 hours and ended with good music and some great barbecue. Over the ten years of this ride to remember, it’s been hot, cold, dry, wet, windy, calm, and delayed, but never cancelled. And even though the riders this year shivered a bit as they rolled along, they rolled along.
Brady Scanlon, beloved by many, passed away at the young age of 32 to Melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Brady, an avid outdoorsmen and a landscape architect by profession, packed more into his 32 years of life than most do in 80 years. He was either on a kayak, hiking, mountain biking, or cruising a winding country road on his motorcycle. When Brady was not enjoying the great outdoors, he was making it more beautiful by installing landscapes and planting trees through his company Four Leaf Landscaping. He worked hard, and played hard. And he had many friends and family who loved him dearly.
In January of 2005, when Brady was undergoing chemotherapy, his brother Brennan and dad Geof were planning a motorcycle trip with Brady to the red river gorge in the spring of that year. The ride was posted on their calendars, but was not meant to be, as Brady passed away in March of that same year. After the funerals (two were needed due to the volume of people) Brennan noticed the May ride in his calendar and could not bring himself to delete it. Instead of riding with Brady, it was decided that they would ride for Brady. Ride to Remember was born, and so was the family charity to be named the Four Leaf Family Foundation.
After 10 great years, this event has only gotten bigger and better. Although, like all good things, it’s going to a new level. Just as Brady would have wanted, the time has come to invite others to remember their loved ones as well. So, in 2015, the Four Leaf Family Foundation is changing the name of the event to the 11th Annual Ride to Remember. The Four Leaf Family Foundation invites you to come and honor your loved one/s lost. We honor Brady Scanlon. There will be a memory board at the post ride gathering if you would like to bring a photograph to honor your lost loved one/s. Proceeds go to families affected by Melanoma and other local charities.
We want to make it clear that it’s not necessary to be a motorcycle rider to attend the bbq. This is a family friendly event, open to all ages, shapes and sizes, rider or non-rider. The ride will begin at 9am at the Ludlow Vets (830 Elm St, Ludlow, KY 41016). Here riders will meet; Enjoy coffee and donuts – and after some quick announcements will hit the road. Along the approximately 4 hour route, there will be 1 stop. The ride will return and conclude at the Ludlow Vets, to enjoy food, music, and hopefully some sunshine with a river view. Non-riders are invited to attend the bbq at the Ludlow Vets hall which will begin at 1pm.