Iron Wings Motorcycle Club Donates More Than $2,400 to Pediatric Programs
If you picture a group with a years-long dedication to raising money for children in need, the first image in your mind probably won't be the bearded, muscular members of a motorcycle club. But, in this case, you couldn't be more wrong.
The Iron Wings Motorcycle Club (IWMC) recently raised and donated more than $2,400 for our pediatric hospice patients. They've been donating to Hospice of the Western Reserve for more than five years now, and it all started in 2014 with one young girl in our care. Several of the Iron Wings' members knew the girl's family and saw how devastating her terminal diagnosis was on her family. "A lot of us have kids and picturing having to go through that breaks your heart – no matter who you are," they said.
The girl wanted nothing more than to go to Disney World in Florida and to swim in a pool in her own backyard. The IWMC knew they had to help and started a fundraising campaign. They didn't have a plan or a set amount; they just knew every dollar raised would be one step closer to making her dreams come true. In the end, they not only raised enough to build the pool, they brought in enough money to send the family to Orlando for a Disney vacation.
Throughout the process, the Iron Wings members saw the kind of care the young patient and her family got from their HWR pediatric team. They decided to make their fundraising an annual tradition and to support our current and future pediatric patients. Every year since they've hosted races, concerts, raffles and poker nights to fundraise for HWR's pediatric programs.
This year's big fundraiser – a pig roast at the Clay Street Grill in Austinburg – brought in more than $2,400, all of which they donated in their young friend's name. We're so appreciative of their passion, dedication and hard work to honor her memory.