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Loma Linda University Children's Hospital news

Motorcycle clubs brings smiles, toys to patients at Children’s Hospital

Motorcycles in the LLUCH parking lot
More than 200 motorcycles roared into the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital parking lot on December 18.
On Sunday, December 18, 2005, the Motorcycle Riders Association (MRA) and the Chaparral Riders  hosted the 13th Annual LLU Children’s Hospital Toy Run.

Last year, more than 400 members of motorcycle clubs and individuals roared up to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on their “bikes” bearing toys for the young patients.

Some of the clubs that joined the MRA and the Chaparral Riders included the San Bernardino Hogs, Temecula Valley Hogs, Christian M/M Club, and many more. The ride started at Quaid Harley-Davidson & Buell on Redlands Boulevard in Loma Linda.

The MRA gave out awards at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital for the best-decorated motorcycle, best-decorated bike and trailer, and to the club with the largest number of participants.

Cindy Williams, director, LLU Children�s Hospital Foundation receives check.
Last year’s ride check was presented Sunday, December 18, for $5,000, to Cindy Williams, director, LLU Children’s Hospital Foundation.
ides the toys being given out, the MRA sold raffle tickets for a set of two quilts made by Bonnie Walker. The winning tickets were drawn on the day of the event. The motorcycle clubs raised $1,720 from the  raffle, money given to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The MRA also presented a check for $5,000 to Cindy Williams, director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, from last year’s annual toy run.

 “What a joy to see the smiles on each and every face when the kids hear the roar of the engines from the motorcycles coming up the street,” says Marcia Taylor of the MRA, coordinator of the toy drive event.

“We cannot think of a better way to help bring a little joy into the children’s lives.”

Some of the clubs have provided toys, VCRs, TVs, rocking chairs, wagons, DVD players, and games in the past. Some of the clubs have adopted a unit at Children’s Hospital.

The motorcycles rolled into Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital between 1:45 and 2:00 p.m.

By Preston Clarke Smith
Fire truck
Santa rode a big red fire truck to bring toys along with all of the motorcycle riders at the MRA’s 13th annual Toy Run.
Kara Contreras
Kara Contreras, 6, from Barstow, diagnosed with leukemia in April, went home for Christmas.
Keith Fowler
Keith Fowler, 12, from Victorville, chooses a gift from the toys brought by the Motorcycle Riders Association.
Raquel Powell
Raquel Powell, 11, from San Bernardino, takes her time looking over all the toys at the biker visit.

TODAY news for Thursday, January 12, 2006