May 5, 2007
Participants of the Second Annual Motorcycle Poker Run helped raise money on Saturday for a Stony Point teacher and firefighter, parents of a terminally ill little girl, who already give so much to their community.
Three-year-old Kelli has MLD, a rare genetic disease. Until now, her mother said you would never know she was sick.
“It is very debilitating. It has taken her walking away. She is no longer able to sit up; she has a feeding tube now. She can say very little words,” said Lisa Frazier, Kelli’s mother.
Since the doctors told the Frazier family of Kelli's disease, she has needed around the clock care. Both parents and grandmothers help feed, bathe and take care of the little girl.
“It has been a tremendous strain as it would be on any family, but we have had incredible support,” Frazier said.
The support has come from the Stony Point community wanting to give back to this family who already give so much. A fellow firefighter came up with the idea to involve the motorcycle community by holding a ride.
“At a brigade meeting, we decided we wanted to contribute whatever proceeds to him. Just the way this local community giving back to them for their service and for Kelli,” said ride organizer Eric Santana.
Forty riders hit the road Saturday morning to raise money to care for Kelli, a small way they can help.
Kelli's parents are grateful for the response and said the community's support has not gone unnoticed.
“It’s been amazing what our family and friends have done for us through all this,” said Kelli’s father Greg.
They are planning to hold this motorcycle ride again next year.
If you would like to help the Frazier family, log on to caring4kelli.com.