Organizers kick off second 'Ride with Reid'

Area residents are gearing up for the Second Annual "Ride with Reid to Beat CF," a motorcycle ride fund-raiser to bring awareness to cystic fibrosis.

The annual charity ride was inspired a now-16-month-old boy named Reid Rodgers, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) as a newborn, according to community organizer, Sandee Clark.

This year's ride will be held on March 27, and will kick-off at Vendetta's Pizza, 1170 Ga. Highway 155 South in McDonough, said Clark.

The 45-minute ride through Henry County will include a police escort from members of the Henry County Police Department's Motor Unit, she said. The ride will begin at 12 noon, following an 11 a.m. registration, of $15 per biker, $5 per passenger.

Clark noted that proceeds for the ride will, in part, benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She said some of the ride's proceeds will also go to help the Rodgers family, which includes his seven-year-old sister, Maya, and their parents Michael and Mandy, who regularly take their infant son to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, for treatments and evaluations.

"He's done well this past year, although he had to have two sinus surgeries — bless his heart — late in the year due to his CF," remarked Mandy Rodgers.

Clark said the charity honoring Mandy Rodgers' son and others living with CF, will include a raffle on a hand-made quilt, a 50/50 cash drawing, and a silent auction.

To learn more, contact Clark e-mail at sclark@usridernews.com, or phone at (404) 886-8955.