Carbaugh Memorial Ride Sept. 8
Insurance issues and the pressures of owning and operating his own trucking company delayed Carbaugh’s visit to the dentist. In the end, a visit with a recommended specialist revealed the truth for Carbaugh. He was suffering from oral cancer.
In spite of surviving a grueling 19-hour surgery in mid-August 2011, the 48-year-old lived only several more months, passing away on October 26, 2011, leaving behind his wife, Jackie; adult children Laci and Jacob; and two grandchildren, Makena and Layden.
Even though he didn’t suffer and the dreaded disease overcame him quickly, Carbaugh’s passing has left an unfillable void for his family and friends.
Next month the community will rally in memory of Carbaugh with a benefit motorcycle ride.
The Vincent Carbaugh Memorial Motorcycle Ride will depart from the Mc- Connellsburg American Legion at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, and will include a scenic 80-mile ride around the surrounding countryside. Riders will return to the McConnellsburg area for a meal at the Mountain House Bar and Grill.
According to Jackie Carbaugh, even though immediate family members do not ride, many of her late husband’s friends were motorcycle enthusiasts. She’s hoping this new event will not only aid in the healing process but lend a hand to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, which provided her with a home away from home during those difficult times.
Each Hope Lodge, including the downtown Baltimore, Md., location where Jackie resided for two weeks following Vincent’s surgery, offers patients and their caregivers free lodging and meals during out-of-town medical visits and treatments.
“Everything just happened so fast, but so many people helped us through the process. This is our way of giving back. I stayed there for free. It’s such a safe-environment. It really is a home away from home,” Jackie told the “News.” “It was one less thing that Vincent had to worry about because he knew I was safe.”
Having sold more than $1,000 in “Cancer Sucks” stickers last year as a fundraiser, Jackie said she has high hopes next month’s memorial motorcycle ride will double the amount of money she’s able to give to Hope Lodge.
Cost to participate in the memorial ride is $20 per bike and an additional $5 for passenger. The cost includes the meal to follow the ride. Meals can also be purchased separately for those who want to participate but may not have a motorcycle, and donations are also accepted. All tickets can be purchased the day of the event.
Door prizes donated by local businesses and residents are also being raffled off that day to participants.
Anyone requiring additional information regarding the Vincent Carbaugh Memorial Motorcycle Ride can contact Jackie Carbaugh at 717-414-6646 or Jacob Carbaugh at 717- 404-7429.