I'm not a biker and honestly, I don't know if I've ever been on a motorcycle if I remember properly but something about that community is quite spectacular and I witnessed it first hand this weekend.

I live in Schenectady and I love my neighborhood, no matter what, even if we haven't talked for years, we all support each other. On Saturday, I had planned to get stuff done around the house but was surprised when it seemed out of nowhere I heard a ton of motorcycles coming down the street, a never ending amount of motorcycles right outside of my window, it was an incredible sight.

In 2013, Tony Torre, one of my neighbors, passed away of MS. Tony was active in the community working at Proctors in facilities maintenance, as well as being a member of the Moose Lodge in Schenectady.

This year, what I witnessed, was the 4th Annual MS Tony Dover Run & Bike Blessing, which benefited Alex Smith, a 7-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy among other health issues. The Run & Bike Blessing started at The Saw Mill Tavern, Tony’s parents’ house (my street), Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery & a few other places before ending at the Schenectady Moose Lodges.

Hearing the amount of bikes coming down my street, then seeing them all gather in support of not only the family of the man that started it but the child they're still fighting to help was just an amazing experience. It was an incredible sight to see all of those people gathering together to still support the family of a fallen brother like that. Something I'm so blessed to have experienced & I can't wait to see it again next year!

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