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Bikers Helping Sick Children's 10th Annual Kayla Memorial Run Takes Place May 1st

Bikers Helping Sick Children's 10th Annual Kayla Memorial Run Takes Place May 1st
By Jennifer LB Leese
j.leese@picketnews.com

"Bikers Helping Sick Children" is just who they say they are - bikers helping sick children. This group was created to provide families, an avenue to raise monies & other necessities for the benefit of sick, disabled or otherwise unfortunate children & their families.
"When people see us all come together and ride our motorcycles through town, they know we are on a mission. People stop on the streets and wave and yell - cars blow their horns, cheering us on," said Brenda Rippeon, Bikers Helping Sick Children President.
"If people could take us to heart and realize we're all good people, and if you see us out there, you'll know it is for a good cause."
They host and sponsor events in the area to provide financial help to those families struggling to meet medical & living expenses.
Kayla's Run is in memory of Brenda's granddaughter, "I pledge to Jesus that I would help all the children that I could," she said.
"We are a non-profit organization that helps children with serious illnesses. We have assisted several children. In those events, we have helped with medical bills and try to bring comfort to the families while they are going through terrible times."
This year's Kayla's Run is scheduled for May 1st.
Bikers Helping Sick Children invites you to join them, whether you are on two wheels or four. "It doesn't matter - just come meet new people, learn new things about what we are about or just come to enjoy the day with us," said Rippeon. There will be a ride, raffle tables, 50/50s, food, and a band from 3-5pm - all for just a $10 donation. Sign up begins at The New Delmar Inn Rt. 40 West Hagerstown at 10:30am and ends at noon. Kickstands go up at 12:15 and the beautiful country ride to Mountain House Restaurant in McConnellsburg begins. Music is donated by Mighty MoJo R&B Southern Rock, who will be performing 3-5pm.
"Wow can you believe it's been 10 years for the annual Kayla's Run?" asked Brenda. "All though most of us have been together for over 10 years helping the children and community in all types of ways. Over the years, Kayla's run has brought us together with local non-profit organization that we can sponsor and donate all the proceeds collected that day of the event," said Brenda.
All proceeds will go to Shriners for Sick Children, Inc. for hospital and transportation purposes. "We have worked with them before with their car and bike show. We have met some great people working with them such as Bill Walker, president of the Sayara Unit and Mark Recard Chief Rabban and the Vice President of the Sayara Unit Mike Hansen. These members also came and joined in our fun for our 2nd annual Harry on a Harley in donating one of the Sayara cars for the picture event. In the best we came across a run out of Caponbridge WV the 1ST annual Heather Ride where they was sponsoring a little girl named Hannah Wolverton whom was 15 months old and just diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis with Severe Epilepsy." Bikers Helping Sick Children Inc. connected the two together and the Shriners still continue the help and services for Hannah's family.
The Sayara Unit of the Ali Ghan Shriners is centered in Hagerstown and is a motorized unit of the Ali Ghan Shrine Club in Cumberland, Maryland.
The Sayara Unit participates year-round in parades and other events in the Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to promote the Shriners Hospitals for Children(r). In addition to the fun of parades, Unit members routinely participate in transportation of patients to and from the hospitals.
Membership in the Sayara Unit is open to all members of the Ali Ghan Shrine Club. The unit currently has 16 mini Model-T cars and new drivers are always welcomed. If you are a Master Mason in the four state area, they encourage you to investigate memberships in the Ali Ghan Shrine Club and the Sayara Unit.
Parade and event coordinators in the four state region are encouraged to contact the Sayara Unit for information about participation in your event.
Visit them online at http://www.sayarashriners.com.
"We would like to also give a very special thanks to Buck Taylor with the Cumberland Headquarters of The Ali Ghan Shriners, Paula & Rich of Hartles Subs, Brenda and staff at the Wolf Den, Henry and staff at the New Delmar Inn, Phil & Jerry's Meat Market, Smithsburg Market, Hoffmans Transport, Third Base, Shirley & Roberts Cafe, staff at West End Barber Shop, Rippeon's Quality Construction, Burg Large Home Improvement, John & Staff H&S Automotive, staff of Freddies Subs, The Pride Motorcycle Club, Mick Discate, Jeff Garvine, Eddie Reedy, and John Grimm.
"We'd also like to send a special thanks to Shane & Amy Foy & staff of Temple Art Tattoo, Staff of Twiggs Cycles, Tisha & Jared Jordan of Mr. Naturals Tattoo, Picket News and staff, and Wantz Distributors, and Denny's."
"Our partnership with Bikers Helping Sick Children has blossomed into some of our most exciting weekends of the year. Not only do we get to be part of helping a youngster in need, but the event itself seems to energize myself and the staff. I look forward to many great years together and hope we'll add a third function to our schedule," said Allen Buckalew, Denny's in Hagerstown Managing Partner.
Donations are accepted anytime time of the year. If you are unable to attend their events, but would like to make a donation, please do so by sending it to: Bikers Helping Sick Children Inc., PO Box 131, Smithsburg, MD 21783.
If your family is experiencing financial distress due to expended insurance coverage and/or extremely high bills and would like to talk with Bikers Helping Sick Children, write: twizted13@netzero.com today. Please place Bikers Helping Sick Children Inc - Support in the subject line.
For more information call Brenda Rippeon at 304-258-8079, Dana Shafer at 301-733-5536, JC Rice at 301-824-4135, or Henry at Delmar Inn at 301-733-6469.

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