10th Annual Firefighters Fighting Cancer Benefit Ride

Saturday 8/29/2020


We are the Minnesota Red Knights Chapter #4. We host an Annual Benefit Ride each year and choose a beneficiary/beneficiaries that ALL donations from the ride go to. The Red Knights MC MN4 Chapter would like to invite you to support their 10th annual cancer benefit ride on Saturday August 29, 2020

There will be a nice scenic ride with a short stop in Montrose before returning to the Hamel VFW for some delicious food, silent & live auctions, raffles, etc. The VFW will be opening the bar for us at 8 am that day. (breakfast on your own).

This year we have 4 beneficiaries – SCROLL DOWN for BIO’s:  Julie “Jugz” Luhning, Dave Gustafson, Justin Patnaude, and Kelly Winczewski.

Bar opens at 8am
In-person Registration at 10:00am
Ride begins at Noon
Silent Auction begins at 3:30pm

Riders – $25
Passengers – $10

This benefit and ride welcomes both motorcycle riders AND non-motorcycle riders. ALL ARE WELCOME !!


Facebook Link to Event:    Firefighters Fighting Cancer  


2020 RKMN4 Benefit & Silent Auction Ride Donation Letter – Click Here to download

2020 RKMN4 Motorcycle Ride Flyer  – Click here to download

2020 RKMN4 General Event Flyer – Click Here to download



Justin Patnaude
Justin was diagnosed in March 2020 with rectal kidney and lung cancer.  It has since spread to his lymph nodes but he’s receiving chemo every other week with a pet scan done in July at St. Mary’s hospital in Duluth.  We are keeping our fingers crossed but at this time things don’t look good.  We’re all hoping for a miracle because things can happen – Justin is 42 years old married with two step child and five grandkids.

Julie (Jugz) Luhning
Julie was originally diagnosed with Breast Cancer in November of 2013 in which she underwent a double mastectomy along with 6 months of two variations of Chemo and then 2 months of Radiation treatment.  She was cancer free for 5 years after that and then after experiencing some pain on her right side for a few months she went back to her Oncologist for additional scans and tests.

In May of 2019 Julie was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic Breast Cancer that had metastasized between her 9th and 10th rib and immediately underwent radiation treatment 5 days a week for 6 weeks.  The radiation treatment worked well to subside her pain and she continues to take oral medication and monthly injections at Minnesota Oncology in Plymouth to keep her cancer at bay.  Julie is responding really well to her current treatments at this time.  Although there is not a cure for her cancer, she has proven that with her treatments and positive outlook, it is certainly treatable and her Oncologists are hopeful that that will continue to keep her cancer at bay for a very long time.

Kelly Winczewski
Kelly Winczewski was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML that was found as a mass under her right eye. She has been going through chemotherapy since April of 2020. She will be going through a total of 5 rounds of chemo she will start here 4th round the week of the August 10th ,2020. As of the start of round three we found out that the treatments thus far are working, and she is tumor free. With some late news about a mutation they found in a biopsy she will also have a bone marrow transplant. She is strong and through all the meds and testing along with the extended stays in the hospital she still brings a smile to all who see/ meet her. Kelly also usually has a smile on her face even though we know the meds are tough on her.  Theresa (Mom) has been staying with her at the hospital to help with decisions and moral support. Kelly is currently in remission and healing. We still have a long road, but there is light to be seen at the end of the tunnel.
Private Donations made be made to Kelly directly via this link:

Dave Gustafson
Dave is a 28-year veteran of the fire service, serving both Golden Valley and Robbinsdale Fire Departments. His wife Jennifer and himself have been members of the Red Knights for 2 years.  They live in Robbinsdale with their two daughters Erin & Nicole. Nicole is currently serving in the Navy and Erin is a nursing student. They enjoy camping and of course motorcycling.

In 2016 Dave was diagnosed with CLL – this is chronic type of luekemia. In 2018 Dave received a stem cell transplant at the Mayo Clinic after learning he had B cell Lymphoma at which time he basically had his entire immune system shut down and restarted. His wife Jennifer and Dave spent 2 months in Rochester. Thankfully they were able to stay in their travel trailer which gave them plenty of privacy while still being able to make the daily (sometimes multiple trips) to the clinic. Now after being cured of that, Dave received news that he had a small area of myelomia on one of his kidneys. Dave started treatment for that in January of this year and as of his last CT scan it was all but gone, however this was right before the Covid mess started up. In the end of March/early April 2020, due to his lowered immune system Dave came down with COVID and was on a ventilator for 22 days during which time all cancer treatments needed to be paused. Right now Dave has had enough and is on the road to full recovery.