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2004 Down/Injured Bikers Run


Taz (President), Law (Vice President) and Lady D (Ladies Voice) present a $1,000.00 check to Wyoming Ride For Down/Injured Bikers Fund recipient - Doug Knight



Rock Springs, Wyoming
On Saturday May 1st, 2004, The Brothers Of The Sun Motorcycle Club Wyoming Chapter held its first event since the forming of the chapter. This event was called the WYOMING RIDE FOR DOWN / INJURED BIKERS and was the beginning of what is to become a national effort and event designed to create an emergency fund to help with medical expenses and other needs should a biker get hurt riding on our highways.

While the numbers for participants as well as money taken in were small by comparison to other events held by longer established clubs in other areas of the country, the members of this newly formed chapter considered the event to be a huge success.

Considering that Wyoming is the least populated state in the Union and the fact that the Suns Club was limited to only publicizing this event locally (Rock Springs has a population of approximately 20,000 people), coupled with the fact that this chapter has only existed since November of 2003, with over 80 local businesses contributing and donating items to be raffled off and over 600 raffle tickets sold, the Suns feel that they achieved a major milestone.

On Sunday, May 16th, 2004, the members of this chapter as well as several members from Chariots of Light Christian Bikers and Christian Motorcycle Association, along with several independent riders from the Rock Springs motorcycling community gathered at a local biker-friendly church. Following services, along with a police escort provided by a supervisor with the local police department, they rode a mile and a half to visit with a young man by the name of Doug Knight. Doug purchased a brand new HD Sportster last year and had less than 50 miles on it when he was hit by an uninsured drunk driver and paralyzed from the neck down.

As the motorcade arrived at Doug's house their escort hit the sirens and all the riders revved their engines. The noise was deafening but beautiful at the same time. Doug's wife knew the club was coming by but had no idea that many people were going to fill their street or of the events to follow. She kept the whole thing a secret from Doug, only telling him that he had some visitors coming by to see him.

Doug and his entire family were pleasantly surprised when TAZ and LAW, the President and Vice President of the Brothers of the Sun presented Doug with a certified check in the amount of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and an honorary lifetime membership in this chapter. What made this even more special was the fact that Doug and his family had never met any of us before this day.

Before leaving, everybody present personally gave Doug a hug and a prayer was lead by Gene Emerson of Chariots of Light for a rapid recovery for our injured brother. Doug was brought down to the front of the pack and had his photo taken amidst an entire street filled with motorcycles. Doug then surprised all by stating that even though the doctors had informed him that he would never walk again, he proudly showed off a minor sunburn he received and stated that he could actually feel pain in the area affected. This statement brought cheers from all present and was not the only surprise as Doug then readjusted his sitting position in his wheel chair by himself and showed all that he has regained some limited motor control.

Doug has requested that at some time later this year, if it is possible he would like to be taken on a ride with one of his new brothers.

None of the members of the Wyoming Chapter has a side car or a trike so if any reader can help with this, it would be greatly appreciated by the Brothers Of The Sun MC, and by Doug and his family.

Doug plans to one day be able to pilot a bike again (he is interested in sometime in the future purchasing a trike). We have no doubt that he will achieve this.


Pictures from this event can be viewed by clicking on the link below