Bikers Pave the Path for Autism Awareness

Bikers Pave the Path for Autism Awareness

Listen to the sound of 150 bikes riding in unison to support autism awareness and one of their own.
HAGERSTOWN, MD - It's the sound of 150 bikes riding in unison to support autism awareness and one of their own: a 20 year-old nephew of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, central Maryland chapter, who grew up with Asperger's Syndrome; a learning ability considered to be a high-functioning form of autism.

"He knows that we're doing this. He's actually at his job right now, and trying to get through that," says Torin Gummel, biker with the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, central Maryland chapter and event organizer.

For $25 per bike and an extra $5 per passenger, they rode from Frederick to Hagerstown fund-raising for Autism Speaks: an organization focused on research and events to heighten autism awareness.

"It was just beautiful to see that line of bikes, it stretched for about a mile and a half, two miles. It was good to see the big turn-out and the big show of brotherhood and support," says Mark Hevener, biker with the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, central Maryland chapter.

"I was in the back so I couldn't even see the front," adds Alex Grace, biker with the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, central Maryland chapter.

This motorcycle club says they're focused on fund-raising for the community.

"I think it's actually something that a lot of people don't realize: we're the ones dressing up as Santa Claus handing out gifts at Christmas time and raising a lot of money for different charities. It really isn't something that's new, it's just something that people aren't aware of I guess," says Gummel.

Many of these bikers have been riding since their teens, and now they're riding with a purpose.

The Iron Order Motorcycle Club, central Maryland chapter, will be riding over 550 miles in one day to fund-raise for the American Cancer Society this coming weekend.
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