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Ride through Middlesex, Norfolk counties to support injured soldiers’ families

Posted by John Swinconeck  August 29, 2013 03:18 PM

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Motorcyclists in Middlesex and Norfolk counties are invited to participate in a fundraiser to benefit the families of wounded and recovering soldiers on Sept. 14 in Millis.

The Warrior Thunder Motorcycle Ride starts at Millis AMVETS Post 495, at 404 Village St. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., the ride starts at 11:30 a.m. Police will escort riders through 50 miles of Norfolk/Middlesex County roads and back to the Millis AMVETS post, where registered riders are invited to take part in a barbecue.

The ride will pass through Medfield, Dover, Needham, Wellesley, Natick, Holliston, Milford, and Medway.

The event is being hosted by the Warrior Thunder Foundation, which is made up of veterans, their families, and supporters. Its mission is to raise public awareness and charitable donations for the needs of veterans, particularly injured service men and women and their families.

All proceeds go to The Fisher House of Boston, located in West Roxbury, which provides a place for families of severely injured soldiers a place to stay as the soldiers recover.

This will be the fourth annual ride, according to foundation president Darren Bean, a veteran who now works at Natick Soldiers System Center.

Last year’s ride raised $9,000 for the Fisher House, and the goal this year is to raised twice that, Bean said.

“Recovery and rehab is more than just going in for treatment,” Bean said. “It’s really about their families being there for emotional support, and helping make [recovery] a 24 hour job, and that increases a likelihood that a soldier will recover.”

The cost to participate is $20 for riders, $15 for passengers or those who would like to walk. Advanced registration is available at http://www.warriorthunderfoundation.com/. Those who in active military service can participate for free.

“Motorcycle riders are some of the most patriotic, loyal people you'll ever meet,” Bean said. “Every weekend, you’ll find to eight charity rides, because they’re all giving people.”

Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable, non-alcoholic, unwrapped item that can be sent in a care package to a soldier serving overseas.

For more information, send an email to darrenbean@warriorthunder.org.

Contact John Swinconeck at johnswinc@gmail.com. Follow @johnswinc on Twitter.

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