August 24, 2013
If you were in Louisa County on Saturday chances are you heard the rumbling of engines fill the air. More than 70 bikers drove 80 miles through the county all to help out one local child and his medical needs.
It was the 2nd Annual Evan Adams Benefit Ride in Louisa County hosted by the Court Cafe and Pub.
The past two years, there has been either a hurricane or tornado watch on the day of the event but Saturday's beautiful weather brought out the biggest crowd yet - all for Luke Cox.
"You know eventually he's gonna be there. He's gonna get to the point where he can jump on one of these motorcycles and go for a ride," said Scott Cox, an Albemarle County resident.
His son Luke is almost two years old. He can't walk or talk yet but the sights and sounds of dozens of motorcycles show Luke's parents they have a whole community behind them.
"All these bikes coming into town after the ride and you could see the smiles on their faces as they were riding by. Luke was waving so it was great," Cox said.
Luke was born early which lead to some serious issues. The first months of his life were spent in the hospital with feeding tubes, IV's and countless monitors hooked up to his tiny body.
"It's really special to us and I can't wait to show him the video later on in life so he can be appreciative also," said Cox.
The 2nd Annual Evan Adams Benefit Ride is helping the Cox family this year in memory of Jessica Adams' son.
"Its hard, it's hard. He was a lover and a fighter," Adams says remembering her son. "Unfortunately he did not win his battle but then it was for her (Stephanie Tappen,12) for the second year and shes actually winning her battle right now she's in recovery and doing much better," Adams said.
They're all hoping for that same success with Luke so one day, he can ride for other kids just like him.
"you can see it in his eyes he was, it interested him he was very focused on all these bikes leaving he just thought it was so cool."
Cox said the best part of the benefit event is that each family pays it forward, like Jessica Adams. He says their family is excited to start planning for next year and help out another local child with medical needs.