Bike ride to raise funds for men with liver disease

COVINGTON -- In June, the families of Ray Donald and Bill Hardy asked the community for help raising funds for the two men, who were both in need of liver transplants.

Nearly five months later, Donald, who was diagnosed with Cryptogenic Cirrhosis, a liver disease of mysterious origin, is healing beautifully from his transplant. Meanwhile, Hardy, owner of Hardy Floor Covering in Covington, is still on the waiting list, but will likely have his transplant within the next six months.

The families have banded together once again to host a fundraiser for continued medical and living expenses.

On Saturday they will host a benefit concert and motorcycle ride at Grace Baptist Church, located at 474 Crowell Road in Covington.

"A lot of people underestimate the lovingness and generosity of 'biker people,'" said Ray Donald's wife Krystle. "They're very generous and supportive of charity rides and they come and have a good time. They're good people. We knew they enjoy participating in rides so we decided to have one."

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and is $25 per bike. The ride will begin at 11 a.m. and wind through the Newton countryside.

Those who don't ride can enjoy musical entertainment, raffles, food and booths set up by bike-themed vendors, as well as LifeLink of Georgia, an organ and tissue recovery organization, and the American Red Cross, expected to bring the blood donation bus.

They can also bring unwanted gold, silver or sterling silver to sell. A buyer that is a friend of the organizers will be on hand and has agreed to donate a portion of his profits to the cause.

For more information, call 678-859-2828 or email Krystle_donald@yahoo.com.