Glenda Worst has spent decades supporting Paradise-area residents and organizations.
And now, Paradise is rallying to support Worst, a dedicated volunteer who recently suffered a stroke.
On Saturday, May 10, motorcycle riders will participate in “Glenda’s Glide,” a fundraising event to help pay medical costs for Worst, who has been extremely active in the local community.
The ride will be followed by a cookout with live music at Paradise Township Park on Londonvale Road.
Worst has served as secretary for both the Paradise-Leaman Place Fire Company and the Paradise Township 300th Anniversary Committee.
Worst has also spent the last 30 years as a leader in the local Girl Scout troop, in addition to being a member of both the Ladies Auxiliary and St. John's United Methodist Church.
Around Paradise, Worst is known and loved by all, and has baby-sat for more than 200 children in the local community, according to longtime friend Lacy Clevenstine.
Among the family, friends, and local residents planning to attend the May 10 fundraiser is Kristine Miller, a young woman who lost her vision in a car accident and was one of the many children whose life was touched by Worst’s love and care.
Shortly after losing her eyesight in 2005, Kristine began making bead bracelets as part of her therapy, with a little help from her mother, Evelyn Miller.
Two years after her accident, Kristine gave away her first bracelet on Mother's Day in her family's church. Upon hearing the news of Worst's condition, Kristine immediately began making additional bracelets, telling her mother that she wanted to give them to Glenda's doctors and nurses, and to supporters at the ride.
Kristine has also said that she would like the proceeds from her bracelets to go toward Worst's treatment.
Clevenstine, who is heading the fundraising effort, is eager to give back to Worst, whose family has expressed its appreciation and will be participating in the ride.
Worst’s daughter, Tammy Knosp, said she’s pleased that so many people want to help her mother.
"It's great because she's always given to people and always put everybody else ahead of herself, and this time it's great for people to be able to give back to my mom," Knosp said.
Glenda’s Glide will begin at Lancaster Harley-Davidson, 308 Beaver Valley Pike, Willow Street, and finish at the Paradise-Leaman Place Firehouse, 5 Hershey Ave., Paradise.
Registration opens at 11 a.m., with a 1 p.m. start. Following the ride, a cookout with live music will be held at Paradise Township Park on Londonvale Road.