Blue Knights Brighten Sick Kids Day With Christmas in July
Deciding the sleigh and reindeer weren’t the best options for summer travel; Santa Claus opted for a loud and brawny motorcycle instead as he set out to brighten the day of some unfortunate sick children. The jolly old elf rolled up to the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center only July 7th to give the kids in the pediatric department a little something to lift their spirits.
Now, we all know it wasn’t really Santa—it was actually Patrick Andrews, a member and president of the Rochester, New York chapter of the biker group known as the Blue Knights. The Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club is a group made up of active and retired law enforcement officers that are also motorcycle enthusiasts that wish to give more back to their community. This year’s “Christmas in July” was as big a success as the first year, realizing donations of five carloads of gifts for the children.
Andrews, who lost his daughter a few years back due to an inability to locate a match for bone marrow, has intimate knowledge of what these children are going through and thought it would be an ideal way to give back and help support a cause close to his heart. “I thought, we should take toys to the hospital over Christmastime,” he said. “And then I thought, we ride motorcycles. Why not Christmas in July?… It’s like my daughter is giving away these toys,” he said. “She would always give before she received.”
Of course any such event requires a lot of support and Rachel Mance was happy to offer her assistance to such a worthy cause. Rachel, who is Chief Life Assistant at the hospital, made sure the donations were delivered to a specific area of the hospital known as the play deck. This special area allows the kids a space where they can just be kids and maybe forget about their medical situations for a while. When asked about the significance of acts like these, Mance had this to say; “You don’t think it’s anything until you see the joy in their eye,” she said. “They just light up and bounce at the thought that someone remembered them here and bought them a gift.”
Events like this are special and are another example of how the motorcycle community makes efforts to help out those less fortunate. So take a moment to reflect, remember all those kids who don’t get the chance to have a proper childhood and take a moment to thank and support organizations like the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club who remember them, and help brighten their day.
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