By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — When three-year old Isaiah lost his eye in a sledding accident this past winter, insurance paid for his operation but not for a prosthetic.
Isaiah’s plight was brought to the attention of the Montour Motorcycle Riders by his uncle, member Rob Rupert. To help out Isaiah and his family, the group will host a charity ride this Saturday, Aug. 3, to raise money for the prosthetic.
“We’re hoping for a big turnout. All vehicles are welcome,” said Rupert.
The new eye will cost about $4,000, and a new one will be needed every three to four years as Isaiah grows.
“I’d love nothing more than to hand the family a check (for $4,000)” after the race, said Ted Bunnell, president of the Montour Motorcycle Riders.
Isaiah is doing all right today, said Rupert. “He’s getting used to it,” he said, adding that he’s young enough to still adapt to having one eye.
Registration will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Danville’s Smokehouse Bar and Grill. Admission is $20 if bought in advance or $25 if bought on the day of the race. The cost includes a meal, drinks and entertainment when the ride ends at 4 p.m. at the Catawissa Boat Club.
So far, Rupert is estimating about 80 bikes will be in attendance.
If the weather holds out, Isaiah will join in the race by riding in a sidecar provided by Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson of Bloomsburg.
Participants can register in advance by calling Bunnell at 570-441-4520 or Rupert at 570-442-4247.
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