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"He has terminal cancer," Benton County detective plans benefit for man he arrested three times

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This weekend there will be a benefit ride in Vinton to help Benton County man Scott Van Wey, who's battling terminal cancer.  

The story behind this benefit ride is unique and powerful.

A man helping organize the ride is Benton County detective Mark Phippen. 

Phippen and Van Wey have become close friends. 

Meeting them, it's easy to tell they both love motorcycles, have the same sense of humor, and are hard working. 

But these two men weren't always friends.

More than a decade ago, Detective Phippen arrested Van Wey three times because he was making meth. 

But Van Wey worked hard to turn his life around after that. 

He has a message now for anyone who may be struggling, like he once did. 

"There's hope. There's more to life then drugs," Van Wey says. "It's hard to quit because you don't know you're hooked. Your brain tells you you can stop at any time." 

Here's the tough news. A week before Van Wey got off parole, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Thyroid Cancer. Doctors gave him 6 months at first. But now, things are starting to look up. He may have at least a few years left. 

Detective Phippen has been helping Van Wey through all this. 

He has helped organize a benefit ride for Van Wey. That ride will be tomorrow in Benton County. Any person and all vehicles are welcome to attend the ride. 

Registration is from 8 to 10 tomorrow morning at Celebration Park. You just have to show up there if you want to join. 

Throughout the day, there will be a ride, music, food, a raffle, and family games. There's also a chance to win a trip to Mexico. 

The name of the benefit ride will be "Live to Ride the Van Wey." 

For the event's web page, you can click here and get more information. 

Some information from the web page: 

This is a benefit ride for Scott Van Wey who has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. This ride starts at Celebration Park located on W 2nd Street in Vinton across from the Vinton Fire Department. Registration is at 8:00 AM and kickstands are up at 10:00 AM. There will be five stops in this approximate 137 mile ride with door prizes, Keystone, Dysart, Brandon, Quasky, Shellsburg and then returning to the start location. Cost is $20.00/single and $25.00/ couple. At the end of the ride there will be a hog roast with all the fixins' and beverages (free will donation). But wait there is more! There will be a live auction conducted by the amazing Col. Rick Becker and live entertainment by Van Weylan. This will be a fun filled day along with an evening of entertainment. This event is open to the public. Come help this event and have fun. Please if possible RSVP to m.phippen@q.com

Those who cannot attend the event but want to help may donate to the Scott Van Wey benefit fund at Farmers Savings Bank & Trust-Vinton. Checks should be made to The Scott Van Wey Benefit.

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