Featured Article: Giving back

Max Heine | April 01, 2010

Each tumor was removed. Steve’s checkup in late November showed no recurrence of the cancer. Gary has been through radiation treatment and might start chemotherapy. Two years ago cancer claimed a good friend of theirs, who had accompanied them on trips to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

Even while enjoying the big Sturgis event on his Harley-Davidson Wide Glide, Steve is careful to remember those back home in need, such as a friend’s child who wasn’t supposed to live long but now is 41 years old. “Every year I get him a shirt, and it makes his day,” he says.

As Recker has helped others in his hometown, they’ve been there for him. Two nights after he received the TCA honor amid the glitz of Las Vegas, “my girlfriend and friends of mine threw a surprise party,” he says. “My name was on a billboard. It was really nice. That’s the kind of community it is.” n


Con-way driver wins contest

Gordon “Butch” Colvin of Con-way Truckload was named 2009 Company Equipment Driver of the Year in the Truckload Carriers Association contest co-sponsored by Truckers News. Finalists were Richard Gassman, of Greatwide Logistics Services, and Brian Rhodes, of Con-way Truckload.

Colvin receives cash, products and services worth $25,000. The carriers of the three finalists sponsored their trips to the TCA meeting in Las Vegas.