ASHLEYS RIDE IN MEMORY OF ASHLEY SEXTON
After the death of their daughter Ashley, Kelly and Randy Sexton of Mancelona organized a motorcycle ride to find a cure for Neurofibromatosis. The first ride was held in 2008. Hundreds of bikers from Michigan and beyond met in Mancelona for a day-long tour across northern Michigan, ending in Mancelona for their banquet. Traverse City Record-Eagle's editorial staff commended the Sexton's for their efforts with this editorial, which ran August 8, 2011 in Cheers:
• To all involved in the fourth annual Ashley's Ride in Mancelona organized by Randy and Kelly Sexton to raise money to help find a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disease that claimed their daughter, Ashley, 21, in 2007. The campaign raised $79,000, which includes donations from 500 contributors and the $20,000 raised by the 250 motorcyclists who rode in the event. Neurofibromatosis causes tumors to grow along nerves, on or under the skin.