1st Annual #AJO Pay It Forward Day

By Danielle Woods

Published 07/27 2014 05:39PM

Updated 07/27 2014 06:45PM

July 27, 2014 - In September of 2013, the O'Neill family lost their eldest daughter, Alyssa, to epilepsy.

Over the past ten months, the world has become familiar with the family's story and the #AJO pay it forward campaign.

What started off as a free pumpkin spice latte, turned into something much bigger.

People, everywhere, are finding ways to pay it forward and perform a random act of kindness, at times, to complete strangers.

Those acts of kindness are on full display this Sunday, July 27. The day, which is Alyssa's birthday, is recognized as #AJO Pay It Forward Day all across the commonwealth.

In Erie, the biking community is paying it forward by raising thousands of dollars for epilepsy awareness.

Sunday morning, more than 200 bikers signed up for the first ever #AJO Pay It Forward Epilepsy Poker Run. The event was organized by the Leader of Men Riding Club, but specifically by club member Allen Eirich who said he just wants to help raise awareness about this cause.

"It's a hidden cause," he said. "Now it's our time to actually bring it out."

To learn more about Alyssa's story, and how you can help in the fight against epilepsy, visit: ajoforever.com.

If you want to give a "gift" to Alyssa, take a second and like the AJO fan page on facebook (the family is hoping to get 50,000 likes): www.facebook.com/ajoforeverinourhearts.

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