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Lisa and Alan Everhart, organizers of the Fill Your Tank Let’s Ride benefit motorcycle ride, present a check for $9,000 to Megan Olson of Heads Up Brain Injury Support and Michele Bridges of the Miami County Cancer Foundation on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

PAOLA — The seventh annual Fill Your Tank Let’s Ride benefit motorcycle ride in memory of Michael “Tank” Everhart raised $9,000.

The ride, benefiting Heads Up Brain Injury Support and the Miami County Cancer Foundation, started at Shawnee Cycle Plaza in Shawnee and rode into Paola on Saturday, Sept. 15, for lunch at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Special Tank ride baseball caps and T-shirts were sold for the event.

Former coworkers and friends of Michael “Tank” Everhart and the Everhart family started the memorial ride to benefit Heads Up Brain Injury Support, an organization that helps brain injury victims and their families. The Everhart family decided to share the proceeds of the benefit with the Miami County Cancer Foundation and Heads Up after their son Mark passed away from cancer.

Alan and Lisa Everhart of Paola, Michael’s parents, presented a check to Michelle Bridges of the Miami County Cancer Foundation and Megan Olson of Heads Up Brain Injury Support.

Michael “Tank” Everhart is still making a difference as friends and family ride in his memory for a cause in the Fill Your Tank Let’s Ride benefit motorcycle ride.

In his memory, the motorcycle ride raises not only financial support, but also awareness for the Miami County Cancer Foundation and Heads Up Brain Injury Support.

Everhart was not only a service manager at Shawnee Cycle Plaza, but also a friend.

Everhart passed away in June of 2015. He was 29.

He grew up in Paola and graduated from Paola High School in 2003.

Everhart graduated from Pittsburg State with a degree in science technology.

He started working for Reno’s Powersports in the parts department and went to work for Shawnee Cycle Plaza in 2008.

He started a new career in 2014, learning his father’s profession, working with the Elliott Insurance Group in Paola.

Michael was married to Danielle (Dee Dee) Everhart.

Michael had a huge heart and loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed working on motors and tinkering in the garage, and chilling with friends at the lake.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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