Bikers support visually impaired
About 110,000 New Yorkers struggle with vision impairment each day. Our Amanda Kelley shows us how local bikers are teaming up to raise money and awareness for this community.
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CARTHAGE, N.Y. -- Riders gassed up their hogs to help the visually impaired. A bike ride across the North Country benefited more than 100,000 New Yorkers who are legally blind.
Benefit Organizer Dr. Charlie Metzler said, "This is a way for people in the community to put something together to give back to the community."
He believes these fundraisers are necessary during tough times.
Metzler said, "With the economy the way it is, the association depends on some of the other agencies for trickle down and it's just not happening as much as it should."
The struggles of being legally blind may not be obvious to everyone, but they hit close to home for some of the bikers riding in this benefit.
Carthage resident and motorcycle rider Amy McEatheron said, "I have an Uncle down in Florida that is legally blind and does everything by Braille."
Metzler said, "People take for granted the ability to get into the car and go some place. You know, that doesn't happen."
This ride brought out many local community members, and even a Hollywood star. Actor Butch Patrick from the Munsters decided to ride and support the cause.
Patrick said, "It really makes you feel good, especially when the community is behind it like this. It's really a good outpouring for a good cause."
Money raised from the event will help those with vision impairment through education, assistance, transportation, and referrals.
Organizers hope to raise a few thousand dollars with the ride and they would like to make it a yearly event.