Annual “Miles for Smiles” ride benefits MDA

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Bike fest continues Sunday, riding for a good cause.

The 24th annual Miles for Smiles cruised all over the region, raising money that stays completely local.

The goal – tens of thousands of dollars to help everyone of all ages with muscular dystrophy and their families live a longer, happier life.

Miles for Smiles fundraiser ride rolled out of Harley-Davidson of Erie Sunday, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Erie.

The money raised helps send dozens of kids living with the disease to summer camp.

Megan Grochulski says, “We try to make them live unlimited at camp, and they don’t have anything to stop them. We do everything from ziplining, to canoe rides, swimming and of course the arts and crafts. They do rock climbing and there’s even been some slip and sliding in the past.”

The ride is put on ever year by the Erie HOG Chapter.

Tim Mannino says, “The week of the camp, a lot of us we’ll go down and spend a day with the kids and watch and just watch the fun that they’re having because of the money we raised. It’s really rewarding.”

Miles for Smiles ride not only raises for kids with muscular dystrophy to go to summer camp, but as well as other things.

Grochulski says, “We have a clinic at UPMC Hamot, we have an ALS support group and we also have a loan closet and we do medical equipment repairs. The big thing really is research. You know, our ultimate goal is to find a cure to help our families live longer, live better.”

An auction is also held to help raise money for MDA.

Warren Hiles says, “It’s a good cause, and I believe in it. And I donated for the raffle baskets afterward.”

The miles for smiles ride started at Harley-Davidson, went to Conneaut, Ohio, then to Pymatuning Spillway, Meadville, Edinboro and then back to the Harley-Davidson with a DJ and band, and was a total of 111 miles.

Bike fest continues all week.

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