I’m writing to share information about our second annual Ruck Up Cancer Motorcycle Poke Run and Walk/Run/ Ruck March, scheduled for March 27-28. The events were cancelled last year due to COVID. But, the need to help local veterans,  undergoing cancer treatments who can’t afford non-covered expenses such as utility bills, rent and transportation to medical appointments, continues to increase. A 20-year Army veteran, I started the fundraiser two years ago after witnessing the need firsthand while I was undergoing treatments. I would appreciate it if you can please run the information on your station. We are encouraging pre-registration as part of our COVID safety procedures. This will be a CDC compliant activity. Please email me if you have any questions or need additional information. 


If you would like to remote at this event please contact me ASAP. 


Thank you,

LTC (Retired) Ernie Jackson






New Smyrna is Helping to Vets Ruck Up Cancer, March 27-28



Run, Walk, Ride or March.  The second annual Vets Ruck Up Cancer offers two separate events the weekend of March 27-28 to raise funds for local veterans and their spouses battling cancer.


On March 27, there’s a Motorcycle Poker Run. Registration Fee is $20/rider; $25/couple. Prizes include: High Hand $150, Lowest Hand $50, and more! 


On March 28, a Run/Walk/Ruck Up Cancer event will include three separate ability groups: a 2K, 5K and 10K. Fee is $20/person; groups of over 20/$10 each. Both events begin at 1 pm at the Happy Deli, Venetian Bay Town Center, in New Smyrna Beach. Registration opens at 11 am. The first 200 to register for the events will receive free drawstring sports bags.


Covid-19 safety practices will be in effect. Masks are required during registration and at Poker Run stops. Pre-registration is encouraged. There is no official start time. Participants can start as soon as they are checked in. Walkers/runners who want to avoid gathering, have the option to participate virtually by completing the event on their own time.        

The event was started in 2019 by cancer survivor and retired Army Ranger Ernie Jackson. All proceeds go directly toward assisting local veterans, who are undergoing cancer treatments, with non-covered expenses such as utility bills, rent and transportation to medical visits.  Funds are administered by AmVets Edgewater Post #2. For registration forms and more information, visit vetsruckupcancer.org.





Dr. Ernest Jackson