Although the anthem for some motorcycle enthusiasts may be Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” the anthem for a local charity, Bikers for Kids Inc., could be “Born for the Child.”
The group regularly holds benefit rides for children with serious illnesses whose families are struggling with wildly exorbitant medical bills.
A ride for Cayden Talbert, a 4-year-old Mount Airy boy with a blood disorder, who also has had a heart transplant, will be on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Sagebrush Steakhouse, 2000 Woodland Drive, Mount Airy. Registration will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
“Cayden is on several medications because the transplant,” said Sarah Nicholas, Bikers for Kids Inc. spokeswoman. “He also has to have IV treatments once a month for his blood disorder, so his parents have to take him regularly to Duke (University Medical Center). Cayden will also need another heart transplant in about 10 to 15 years.”
Nicholas said the ride will feature two stops and finish back at the Sagebrush Steakhouse. The cost is $20 per bike, $10 per passenger and $25 for cars. Ticket price includes a meal and a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets and tickets for a 50-50 drawing and commemorative T-shirts will be available for sale through the event. Local sponsors include Bojangles of Jonesville, Hampton Inn of Jonesville and the Mount Airy Sagebrush Steakhouse.
“All the money for the tickets go to the children,” Nicholas said. “Usually the person who wins the 50-50 donates the money back to the child’s family and all the door prizes are donated by local businesses. We work to keep our costs down so that all the money can go to the children. We also look for sponsors.”
Upcoming events for the charitable bikers group include a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank and fundraisers for Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child. Members also plan to hold a Christmas party for all the children that they have helped since the group was established in May 2011, complete with a visit from Santa.
“We keep in touch with the kids we help,” Nicholas said. “Once we help a child, they are part of our family forever.”
For more information, to purchase tickets, or to be a sponsor, call Nicholas at 336-469-8283 or visit www.BikersForKidsNC.com.