Man with ALS Takes Last Ride with Biker Buddies

- August 23, 2014

A local man with ALS went on the journey of a lifetime today, thanks to some fellow bikers who made sure his last ride is full of moments to be grateful for.

Tom Leone is a man who doesn't want to be defined by ALS. The 65-year-old has lived a life caring for others, and now others want to show him support.

More than 40 motorcycles gathered with bikers from at least eight different clubs. They wanted to give tom one final ride. Tom, or Papa Smurf as they affectionately call him, chose a 70 mile ride to Kinzua Dam.

Before they took off from Harborcreek, friends and family visited with Tom, reflecting on the good old days. Tom's friends say he has been a part of Erie's motorcycle community for as long as they can remember.

Just before the bikes left and surrounded Tom Leone's sidecare for the last time, he reflected on his long battle with ALS and says he now feels at peace. He’s glad that awareness for the disease is finally circling the globe so more research can be done.

There will be a benefit for Tom Leone on September 20th at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church starting at 6:30 p.m.

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