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Hope Ride for kids

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- More than 100 bikers took off Saturday to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Mighty Mississippi HOG Chapter Hope Ride attracted bikers of all brands to rev their engines at the Dubuque Harley Davidson dealer while raising funds for muscular dystrophy.

"We're doing it for the kids," said dealership owner Virgil W. Schulenburg. "Our model is: We ride for those who can't, but someday will with everybody's help."

Everybody showed up in their biking best, but a few sets of wheels stayed behind as the bikers rode for them.

"The disease I have is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy," 12-year-old MDA state goodwill ambassador Alex Carlson said. "It reduces the strength in my muscles over time."

For Carlson, the money the bikers raised means more kids with muscular dystrophy, such as him, will have financial help meeting their needs.

"They try to keep it locally, yeah, so it'll go for flu shots, night splints, wheel chairs, send a kid to camp is the big deal," Alex's mom Kim Carlson said.

The MDA covers more than 30 neuro-muscular diseases, so this money can aid a wide range of local needs.

"These kids can do almost anything if you give them the chance," Alex's mom said.

The event had raised more than $8,000 by early Saturday afternoon, though organizers expected to raise more after the Saturday evening event at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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