Utah bikers ride for kids

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Dozens of bikers with big hearts hopped on their motorcycles Saturday for two very worthy causes.

In Orem, a large group of motorcyclists went on a long ride through the mountains to help prevent child abuse. At the 2nd Annual Ride Against Child Abuse, bikers paid $20 for breakfast, a bike ride and a catered lunch.

The Exchange Club of Utah Valley will donate the proceeds to the Family Support and Treatment Center to help it fight child abuse in Utah.

"There are a lot of women and children that suffer abuse," said Wayne Gardner, a participant in the ride. "The children who suffer abuse particularly are basically innocent. There's no reason for that to go on."

Sometimes I felt alone, and if I had a teddy bear it would make me feel more comfortable.

–Abby Deavis

In Salt Lake City, another group of bikers used their motorcycles to deliver 200 teddy bears to the University of Utah burn unit. Former patients welcomed the riders to the hospital and explained how the so-called "trauma bears" helped them and other young kids get through the tough times.

"Sometimes I felt alone, and if I had a teddy bear it would make me feel more comfortable," said former patient Abby Deavis.

Organizers agree, saying teddy bears give kids something else to focus on when they're going through a traumatic experience.


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