Benefit ride raises money for MD

Fort Payne Fire Department and the Wills Town Rats are hosting their annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Benefit Ride set for May 25.

The Fort Payne Fire Department has partnered with the MDA to raise money for children suffering from the disease since 2001.

Fort Payne Fire Chief Ron Saferite said the benefit ride began in 2003, and it initially took place in September. Saferite said this year they moved it up in hopes of getting more people to participate.

The money raised at the benefit ride is used for research and other projects to help find a cure for the many different types of muscular dystrophy that affect people.

Saferite said he encourages the public to come out and support, donations are welcome, and that you do not have to ride to donate.

He also said this particular benefit ride goes along with the Fort Payne Fire Department’s “Fill the Boot” fundraiser which is also for muscular dystrophy.

Registration is at 12 p.m. at the Fort Payne Rotary Pavilion located on 5th St. N.E. Saferite said kickstands go up at 1:30 p.m., and this year’s ride features a different route.

“It’s $20 per bike, and the route will be around three hours with rest stops,” he said. “I try to mix it up every couple of years. Sometimes we ride over into Georgia or Raccoon Mountain or North Lookout Mountain.”

The Fort Payne sponsored Bike Night will follow the benefit ride with a live band and food available at the Fort Payne Rotary Pavilion.

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