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Hundreds of bikers pound the pavement for MDA awareness

SALT LAKE (ABC 4 News) – Bikers love to rev their engines, but their tough exteriors can’t hide how big their hearts are.
SALT LAKE (ABC 4 News) – Bikers love to rev their engines, but their tough exteriors can’t hide how big their hearts are.

Hundreds of motorcyclists participated in the 61st annual Wendover Road Ride. The event was coordinated by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Utah and International Harley-Davidson of Salt Lake.

Muscular dystrophy is a disease that attacks and weakens the muscles. It mostly affects young children.

“Hopefully one day they'll have a cure for it,” Dan Butz, a supporter of the event, said. “People won't be stranded in those wheelchairs and will get their muscles going. That is what everyone is hoping will happen.”

Joe Timmons helped organize the event. He hoped to raise over $100,000 with the help of the motorcyclists.

“We're so fortunate to be able to be associated with these people,” Timmons said. “They are the real heroes to spend their time and effort with these kids.”

The money raised helps families pay for wheelchairs, medical bills or summer camps. It costs about $800 to send one child to those camps for a week.

Aside from checking out Harleys, the public said they feel good knowing they are helping make a small difference in a big fight against a deadly disease.

“They need to find a cure for muscular dystrophy,” Butz added. “That's all there is to it.”
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