100 Bikers Ride to Cure MD

Ride for a Cure 2012

ELMIRA (WENY)--Over 100 people turned out at American legion post 443 to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Riders are revving their engines. Almost 100 bikers are riding 100 miles, all for one reason...to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

Anne Monroe is living with the disease and her muscles have been steadily deteriorating for years. But, she says the MDA Ride for a Cure keeps her strong.

"I support them and I want to say thank you that they are taking the time and running for MDA, it's a worthy cause and I hope there is going to be a cure someday and by them running, there could be a cure."

Co-Founder, Rosalie Krauss is hoping for that same cure. She launched the chicken BBQ and motorcycle ride seven years ago, after her grandson was diagnosed with the disease. This year, she hopes to add over $8,800 dollars to the pot.

She says, "I always like to say what Jerry Lewis said, one dollar more than last year, I'd be happy with that but of course, I'd like to raise a lot."

And every dollar counts. The ride has raised about $60,000 dollars since it began in 2005.

"It starts at the American Legion, we have two of our first stops in Troy, then we leave from Troy to Mansfield, then Mansfield to Tioga, Pennsylvania and then back here," said Co-Founder, Kent Krauss.

It's a long ride, but the bikers say the road ahead for those like Anne, living with MD, is much longer.

"As long as I can, I am going to come see them every year and say thank you for your time," said Anne.

About a quarter of a million kids and adults are living with the disease. To find out more or to donate visit: http://www.mda.org/