A local fundraiser is going world-wide, to raise more money for children of special operations service members, killed in training or military action. The goal is to get more than 20-thousand bikers, taking part all over the globe, on a single day, Saturday April 30th.
"My excitement level keeps my energy level up," said organizer Bo McCormick of Lee County. "I get up at 4 AM and have e-mails from all over the world from groups and people who want to register and ride. It costs 20 dollars to sign up, and I hope to raise 100-thousand dollars."
The money will go to the Special Operatons Warrior Foundation. It came into being in 1980, when 8 special operations men lost their lives in Iran, trying to rescue U.S. hostages. Those eight left behind 13 children in the U.S. The foundation raised money to help them with college education expenses, and ever since, the group has fully paid the college educations of many special ops orphans.
"Right now we have 850 children who've lost a parent in special operations. We want to make sure they get through college without any extra expense or worry to the surviving parent," said McCormick.
The world-wide ride hopes to top the world record of 20-thousand bikers taking part in a single cause on a single day. "We are going to break that record," promises McCormick.
You can find more information on the ride at the website: specialops.org