By Johnny Jackson
Organizers of the "Ride with Reid to Beat CF" saw large crowds taking part in Sunday's cystic fibrosis fund-raising event.
The event was a motorcycle ride fund-raiser, originating at Southside Steve's Bar and Grill Restaurant in McDonough. It raised $4,066, according to event organizer, Sandee Clark, and included 102 police-escorted motorcyclists who took to the streets of Henry County on Sunday afternoon.
"Actually, 108 [motorcyclists] came back," Clark said with a laugh. "They even brought more people back."
Sunday's ride took bikers through neighborhoods at each corner of Henry County. The ride was an effort, Clark said, to bring more attention to cystic fibrosis. It also helped raise money for families dealing with the chronic disease, and for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for research on its effects on the lungs and digestive system.
Clark said the family of her niece, Mandy Rodgers, was recently affected by cystic fibrosis, when she learned in January her newborn son, Reid, had been diagnosed with the genetic disease. Rodgers and her husband, Michael, learned then that both carried the gene associated with cystic fibrosis.
Mandy Rodgers said they were not devastated by the news. Instead, she said they did research and mobilized their efforts to fight the effects of the disease with their son.
The family plans to participate in the Great Strides National Walk fund-raiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Mandy Rodgers said the family will join others at the local walk, to be held May 15 at Salem Baptist Church, at 1724 Ga. Highway 155 North, McDonough.
The walk begins at 8:30 a.m., and registration can be done online at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation web site, at www.cff.org/great_strides. To learn more about the foundation or cystic fibrosis, visit www.cff.org.