Thursday, 18 July 2019 20:58

Weekend ride to benefit paralyzed mother of two

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Roger and Tammy Messer get ready to take off during a ride for the Special Olympics. This weekend, they're organizing a ride for their niece who was paralyzed from the waist down following an April wreck. Roger and Tammy Messer get ready to take off during a ride for the Special Olympics. This weekend, they're organizing a ride for their niece who was paralyzed from the waist down following an April wreck. William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Roger and Tammy Messer, owners of Crossroads Saloon, are gearing up for a weekend ride to benefit their niece, who was left paralyzed following a wreck earlier this year.

Micha Forrester, 31, is a single mother of two. 

According to Roger Messer, she is now paralyzed from the waist down from injuries sustained in a wreck on April 29. She was released from the hospital July 2.

“They’re having to remodel the house for the wheelchair,” he said.

All proceeds will go toward helping Forrester with medical bills and other needs.

The ride, slated for Sunday, will leave Crossroads — where McNair Road forks off to Ellerbe Road and Old U.S. 74 —  and follow a “scenic route” along backroads up to River Wild in Mount Gilead and come back to Richmond County, ending at the Hide-A-Way Tavern on Billy Covington Road.

There are donation jars set up at both Crossroads and the Hide-A-Way.

Messer said he’s hoping for 100-150 motorcycles to participate, with members of various local clubs — including Ol Skool, Steel Wheels, Ghost Riders and Independent Riders of Richmond County — saying they plan to join the convoy.

Registration is at 1 p.m., with the bikes taking off an hour later. The cost is $15 for single riders, $20 for doubles.

There will be hot dog plates for $5 along with drinks, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and auction.