Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®; This past weekend, Rolling Thunder NY5, photographer Dino Petrocelli and the We Care Ride to raise money for TSgt Joe Wilkinson and his family. The US Air Force Iraq War Veteran served in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sadly, the two time war veteran has suffered severe paralysis, likely due to Gulf War Syndrome. This degenerative nerve syndrome is believed to be caused by toxic chemicals that soldiers were exposed to during the war. Due to this syndrome, his muscles continue to weaken, and his bladder no longer functions properly. Now, this father of three is confined to a wheelchair—likely for life
Sadly, his medical condition has caused significant financial problems for the veteran and his family. With mounting medical bills and his disability, times haven’t been easy for Joe and his family. Now they are looking for a new home—a handicap accessible home. Yet with limited financial resources, their dream seemed like a long-shot. Luckily, they were not alone.
On September 9th, the Rolling Thunder NY Chapter 5, Dino Petrocelli and the We Care Ride held a Bike Run and motorcycle event in Schodack, New York to help raise money for Joe’s new handicap accessible home that is being built by The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation as part of the “Building for America’s Bravest” program which will officially “break ground” on a new home for Wilkinson and his family this week. There was a car show hosted by Steve Littell, a bike show by Broadway Choppers, a bike run, rocking concerts, and amazing food. While $30 got people in the bike run, they also accepted donations online.
Our friends at New York Rider joined over 1000 riders this weekend for this wonderful event. Carmella Brown and Lisa Petrocelli of New York Rider Magazine and Dino Petrocelli, one the nation’s top motorcycle photographers, were there to help raise money for Joe and his family.
“Joe is a very gracious guy and I would do anything to help him and his family”
It was an extraordinary event and one that shows how deeply motorcyclists care for each other and their community. It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of the motorcycling riding community in this country!
To donate directly to Home For Joe please go to the website.
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