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Bikers ride for charity; Coast rallies for cancer survivors

COURTESY KYLE PETTY CHARITY RIDE ACROSS AMERICAAbout 3:15 p.m. Friday, more than 200 bikers will arrive in Biloxi, the last stop of their 2,150-mile fundraising trek for Victory Junction, a camp dedicated to helping children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
COURTESY KYLE PETTY CHARITY RIDE ACROSS AMERICAAbout 3:15 p.m. Friday, more than 200 bikers will arrive in Biloxi, the last stop of their 2,150-mile fundraising trek for Victory Junction, a camp dedicated to helping children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Friday will see fundraising efforts for children and cancer patients. The 22nd Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will wrap its cross-country trek in Biloxi, and South Mississippi will take aim at cancer at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, both Friday.

American Cancer Society's Parrot Party Harrison County, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at Gulfport's Jones Park, will benefit cancer survivors, those who are battling the disease and caregivers who serve, care and support.

There will be a 5K run and fun run/walk beginning at 6 p.m.

The Landsharks Band from Florida will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. The nationally known Jimmy Buffett tribute band has played with Jimmy Buffett as well as the Beach Boys.

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Island-style decorated tents under the Barksdale Pavilion will be filled with teams with individuals, companies, organizations, alumni groups, churches and schools, competing to decorate using purple, costumes, most spirit, people's choice and more.

From 5 to 6 p.m., there will be a survivors' reception and victory lap, when all cancer survivors take a lap around the track. From 9 to 10 p.m., after the musical performance, will be a luminaria ceremony in memory of those lost to cancer.

South Mississippi will also receive a special visit from hundreds of bikers traveling to Biloxi.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will make the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino the final stop on its route, arriving about 3:15 p.m. Friday.

NASCAR ex-driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty will be leading 200 bikers and celebrities such as his dad, Richard Petty, Hershel McGriff, Herschel Walker, Harry Gant, Rick Allen. Their 2,150-mile motorcycle trip from Palm Springs raises money for Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Since the Petty family created Victory Junction, more than 7,880 children have attended camp there at no cost to their families. Details: kylepettycharity ride.com.

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