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Motorcycle group helps Washington County boy with brain cancer

October 20, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

To help Corey

Donations for Corey may be made to:

Those Bikers for Sick Children Inc.

8 Whittier Hts., Hagerstown, MD 21742

WILLIAMSPORT -- Brian Lovins of Funkstown said he gets goose bumps looking at hundreds of bikers and knowing they are riding to raise money for a child in need.

Lovins, a member of Those Bikers for Sick Children Inc., got that same feeling Sunday when he participated in a ride to raise money for Corey Kitchen, a 2-year-old who was diagnosed in June with brain cancer. Corey, who will be 3 years old next month, has malignant brain tumors and undergoes chemotherapy.

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Judy Reese of Hagerstown said she hopes to raise about $3,000 from the motorcycle ride for Corey's medical bills. A final count was not available, but Reese said she was hoping to draw about 200 bikers to the 40-mile ride.

The ride began at Harley-Davidson of Williamsport, with stops in Williamsport and Boonsboro, and ended in Hagerstown.

"We do for the children in Washington County," Reese said. "There's a lot of sick children we know are suffering."

Lovins said Those Bikers learned about Corey through a Herald-Mail story published in July, and reached out to his family to see if the group could help.

The story was about a group of 18 teenagers who performed a benefit concert to raise money for Corey.

Tuck Koontz of Hagerstown organizes the rides for Those Bikers and said Sunday that the group has about two or three rides for children each year.

Butch Myers of Greencastle, Pa., a past commander of the VFW in Hagerstown, said he enjoys participating in motorcycle rides for a good cause.

"We try to help out in any way we can with sick children," Myers said. "It gives you a good feeling."

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