The Alee Shriners' Iron Knights Motorcycle Unit invited WTOC's Sonny Dixon to help raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa.
The fund-raiser was an endurance motorcycle ride – 1,000 or more miles in 24 hours - called an Iron Butt Saddlesore Ride.
With the help of a lot of good people, the group raised more money than expected. Yes, they also made the ride - all day Saturday and a part of Sunday.
At 3:30 a.m. Saturday, 21 motorcycle riders and some passengers met at Savannah Harley Davidson. They were staring down the barrel of a long day.
After a prayer, they took off to Tampa via Macon. Their goal? To make it 1,000 miles in 24 hours under the Iron Butt Association rules.
The Shriners Hospital for Children is on the campus of the University of South Florida.
Once the group arrived, they toured the hospital. They also presented the hospital with a check of the funds they raised.
Most of the children are seen on an outpatient basis. The hospital will see anywhere from 40 to 90 kids per day. If a child stays at the hospital, the average stay is three to five days.
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