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Freedom Riders Lend a Hand to Family In Need

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Leather vests, bandanas, boots and booming bikes give the Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club a tough looking exterior, but their actions reveal their big hearts.

"People are sometimes scared of bikers, but we will be the first ones to help you and take care of you so don't be afraid," says Damian Bean the Freedom Riders president.

On Sunday, the motorcycle club rallied together for the 18th annual Jan's Burger Run, a ride to raise money for someone in the community battling a medical condition. This year, the money is going to Dash Ohlsen, a 7 year old who was diagnosed with Leukemia back in February. And the Ohlsen's say they never expected this much support.

"How big of hearts people have to give like this. I mean, you look around and see hundreds of people that are doing so much for us. I guess you would have never expected it. It's overwhelming," says Dash's father Tanner Ohlsen.

Other than his first motorcycle ride, the Freedom Riders also set up another surprise for Dash and his family. The Make a Wish Foundation presented Dash's trip to Disney World and Lego Land to him prior to the hogs hitting the road. With his two daughters being schoolmates of Dash, Bean says the families situation hits close to home.

"I can't even fathom the pain that they're going through, but I think they've seen through the community the love and the support that's out there, and we're going to get them through this," says Bean.

The ride took off from Solheim Elementary and ended back at the Freedom Riders Club House followed by a dunk tank, live auction and raffle to go towards healing Dash. 
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