Motorcycle Ride Benefits Local Boy With Leukemia 

Brad Pinkerton might seem like your average 11-year-old.”I can do anything, you know, I can ride dirt bikes, four-wheelers. I can run. I can jump in pools,” said Pinkerton.But a few months ago Brad couldn’t do those things.”December 7th I think it was, I got diagnosed with Leukemia,” he said.Now in remission, he’s leading about 175 bikers on a motorcycle ride, a ride to benefit Brad and his family.”It’s remarkable what they’ve done and how many people have come together,” said Charlotte Bowen.The ride starts here at Bowen’s Tavern in Belfast. It’s co-owner Greg Bowen, who’s been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, inspired the ride last year.”It is Greg’s wish to keep this going every year for a patient with cancer from Waldo County,” said Sandy Merrifield, one of the head organizers of the ride.And his wish came true. The ride from Belfast to Newport and back is now an annual event. The bikers, from here in Waldo County and beyond, say they’re riding to show their support. “There are people in this world that care about people and that we’re here to help,” said Dan Murphy, one of the bikers participating.”That’s what we’re doing as a community, we’re taking care of our own,” said Merrifield.”It shows me that all these people were by my side when I was sick,” said Pinkerton.Organizers want the motorcycle ride to grow every year, but they say the support from the community will remain the same.