Helping to Find a Cure

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Recently Handlebars ran a full-page ad for our charity fund-raiser, Ridin’ To Cure Diabetes. I wanted to thank you for your support in helping make the ride a HUGE success. We had 102 bikes participate, over 200 riders, and raised over $8,000 that was donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I also wanted to thank our sponsors Smoky Mountain Dragon Chapter, ALCOA Inc., Metal Craft, and FairFax Development. The members of Smoky Mountain Dragon Chapter and the Ladies of Harley all volunteered countless hours for this event. Special thanks to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, Scott Maddux, and Special Events Coordinator Aaron Snukals.

On a personal note, I cannot express the depth of my gratitude for everyone who volunteered, donated, or rode in this event. This event was in honor of my 4-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a Type 1 Diabetic. I can’t begin to explain what she goes through on a daily basis, and the grim reality of her future. Diabetes can cause her to have heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and possible amputations. Thanks to your help, every dollar raised will be responsible for funding the cure that will save Sydney’s life.

Thank You, Tara Onks

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