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355 Bikers Show for Patrick Sawyer Memorial Ride

Posted by Jeff Nixa on July 30, 2008

According to an Outpost employee at Tuesday evening’s Pat Sawyer Memorial Ride, 355 bicyclists were present and counted as they left the parking lot of Northpointe School in Granger.   The Ride, organized by Matt Mooney and JV Peacock, was designated as a fundraiser for the Sawyer family.  J.V. said “Our goal is to raise $10,000 for Patrick’s family.”  A large number of donations were received at the event itself, including one cyclist who donated $400, “one hundred for each of Patrick’s children.”

Patrick’s wife Nancy, her children and several other family members were present at the start of the ride, and Nancy was visibly moved by the spectacle of so many riders, of all ages, including families with children who participated in a 4-mile family ride prior to the regular longer rides.   “I can’t believe all this support,” said Nancy, just one day after Patrick’s funeral.  “I don’t even know these people!  I know I will have my bad days, but right now I feel a real lightness and energy from people like these.”

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