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Biker community makes one man's wish come true

The biker community is coming together to make one man's dream a reality. They are using their passion to help a disabled man do what he thought he never could do by going on a motorcycle ride.

Posted: Jul 29, 2018 7:49 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2018 8:58 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT)- Joshua is 35 years old and has cerebral palsy, but he's got goals like anyone else. He has a loving family behind him and now a whole community that's making his life a memorable one.

"It started out as an innocent Facebook post that I made asking my friends if they knew anybody with a motorcycle with a sidecar that would be willing to give him a quick ride,"Joshua's aunt Jennifer LaLonde said.

She got way more than she asked for when the Freedom Riders reached out.

Joshua can't ride on the back of a motorcycle but they knew they could provide a sidecar.

"It was originally just supposed to be just him taking a ride around the block maybe,"she laughed.

It turned out to be close to over 50 people coming out to ride along, going more than just around the block, with way more people than one of the Freedom Rider presidents expected.

The director of The United Motorcycle Enthusiast, Brent Warfield, said when it comes to making someone's life better despite physical challenges and hardships, the biker community is there to help.

"That's why we show up. It's one big motorcycle family and we're much big hearted bikers out there. It just feels good," Warfield said.

These men and women may look tough, but it's no question Joshua made an impact.

"It almost makes me want to cry, but I'm a biker so I can't, but it's definitely heart warming," Tim Feherer, president of the Freedom Riders Chapter 1 of Fort Wayne said.

The next goal for Joshua is ziplining.

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