Sandy Carson was on hand for the 9th Street trails jam to benefit Mike Tag and his battle against cancer. You can check out some photos from the day right here. After you do that, feel free to donate some money here.
“Earlier this month, the Team Shralp “Yeah Brother” Mike Tag Benefit Jam was held on the streets of Portland, Ore. All proceeds from the day’s festivities went directly towards Tag’s medical bills, who was diagnosed with Stage ll Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in April of this year.
The event officially kicked off with the Vista Hill Bomb Race. Over 20 riders raced down the West Hills of Portland. Other than a couple high-speed wipeouts, the race went great! At the fastest point of the race, riders were passing cars topping out at 45mph. Verde veteran Ryan Barrett finished in first place, Spencer McCabe in second, and Team Shralp’s party maniac Joe Dirt in third.
The jam then carried onto the street-riding portion of the event. Riders from all of the Pacific Northwest threw down in the streets of Portland. Lincoln High School, Bum Park, and Lovejoy Park were all shredded with no problems from the law enforcement. As the sun was setting, the crew posted up on the Portland waterfront raffling off many prizes supplied by the sponsors in support of Mike Tag.
The crew regrouped at the jam’s after party, which was also a Mike Tag Benefit held at The East End. Once the bands were finished and all the donations were collected from the after party, the Team Shralp crew called it a night. Over $450 was raised towards Mike’s medical bills during the day’s festivities. Other than a few bumps in the road, the “Yeah Brother” Mike Tag Benefit Jam went awesome! The event definitely had mixed emotions floating around and I want to thank everyone who stuck it out and supported the cause. Mike Tag really needs our support right now and I was very pleased by the community’s efforts in this event. Special thanks goes out to the sponsors, volunteers, filmers, Pizza Oasis, The East End, the bands, and everyone else who helped raise money towards the Mike Tag Benefit. Keep on keepin’ on!
Contributing Videographers: Mark Rainha, Chester Blacksmith, and Ben Hucke” – Dean Dickinson / ESPN
The other day when I posted up the flyer about the Full Factory Mike Tag Benefit jam in Chicago, I failed to notice the second flyer for the second one on the same day going on in Austin at 9th Street. Two jams to raise twice the money and give away twice the prizes! Be there! It’s for a good cause.
“It’s a shame that Mike Tag was diagnosed with cancer. However, we can pull together, and help a fellow rider when they need it. Over the past few months countless jams, fundraisers, and contests have been held to help Mike with his medical bills. Ft. Wayne is where FBM started, so it was only logically to hold the Mike Tag Benefit Trail Jam at the local 4910 trails in Indiana. Many new and old faces showed up to help out, which calls for a great time. Get well Mike!” – Words and photos by Devon Denham – DevonDenham.com
There’s a pool party going down at Chenga 57 on August 6th to help raise money for Mike Tag. Definitely make your way there if you can. It’s going to be a real good time!
There’s a Mike Tag Benefit jam going down July 30th at The Heathens in Pennsylvania. If you want to ride some amazing trails and help out Mike Tag, get there! It’ll be a good time.
“In April, lifetime FBM rider and street riding pioneer Mike Tag was diagnosed with Stage ll Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The BMX community quickly rallied to support Tag’s cause. Benefits were organized and money was donated to help pay for his chemotherapy.
This past weekend, Steve Crandall and the FBM crew traveled to Ft. Wayne, Ind. to host another round of benefits for Mike Tag. This time out, the 4910 Trails hosted the event, and although there were no long jump contests involving a man in a Cookie Monster costume, there was riding from the likes of Scotty Yoquelet, Jeremy Ball, Herb Hill, Chris Gerber and more. Many years ago, Crandall and Mike Tag lived in the Ft. Wayne area, and it was there that that the original idea for FBM was established, so it’s nice to see the local scene, both old and new faces, giving back to a BMX legend. Video by Stew Johnson, also originally of Ft. Wayne.