Inaugural ALD benefit raises more than $21,000

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

September 14, 2013

The inaugural ALD benefit ride held on Sept. 7 on behalf of Bailey Gray raised $21,288.48, say event organizers.

Bailey Gray, an Elkin Middle School student, was diagnosed in May 2011 with Adrenoleukodystrophy, according to his family.

The rare and terminal brain disease has no cure.

Symptoms of the disease include behavioral problems, deafness, blindness, seizures, loss of muscle control, and progressive dementia.

According to the National Institute for Health, the disease usually leads to death within two-five years from the diagnosis.

With a diagnosis is done within the early stages, a bone marrow transplant can stop its progression.

Bailey received a bone marrow transplant on September 2nd, 2011. Bailey had the procedure in the Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minn.

According to a release, organizers say that Sept. 7, 2013 will be a day not to be forgotten.

“Countless people showed up to support this young man whom the whole community has grown to love. The Bailey’s Hope Benefit Ride took 402 motorcycles and 10 cars from Harry’s in downtown Elkin, to the Depot in Dobson, Coopers Sports Bar in Pilot Mtn, Rap’s in Fancy Gap Va, then back for a rocking finale at Dodge City,” said Adam and Randee Summers with Bailey’s Hope in press release.

According to event organizers, the ride spanned four miles with almost everyone wearing the orange and black ride shirt.

“One behalf of the Bh team, we would like to thank all of the local businesses for their support, the Elkin PD, who did an excellent job getting us through town, the National guard who were gracious enough to let Bailey lead the ride in the Hummer, Chuck Marsh, with 93.1 the Wolf, Mike Lipford with Crossroads Harley Davidson, Steve Dudley with Grandeur Motorcycles, Joey Hensley of Backyard Baggers, Jody Goodwill of SRM Paintwerks, Tersea Smith Ray, Freddie Snow, Valerie Hagler, Debbie at Raps, and Ted & Jamie Roberts,” said Adam and Randee Summers.

According to event organizers, another way to support Bailey’s Hope is to buy tickets to the Aaron Lewis Concert at the John A. Walker Center on Oct. 3 at 8 pm. They say that if the concert sells out Crossroads Harley is going to donate another $2,000 to Bailey’s Hope.

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