BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Morgan Love, 13, was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease and support for her and her family has poured in from several communities around the Magic City.
A local biker group has planned a 100 to 125-mile motorcycle benefit ride that will start in Oneonta and end in Trussville on Sunday. Love told CBS 42 her journey started on Feb. 22, 2017.
“I just knew that my eye was hurting and I had a headache, so I thought, hmm, maybe I just got a cold or something,” Love said.
Her health continued to deteriorate and it took several months for her to learn that she had Lyme disease. Love has experienced seizures, paralysis in parts of her body and partial vision loss.
Morgan’s mother, Brooke, told CBS 42 that at one point, Morgan was unable to communicate and temporarily required a wheelchair.
“To see her unable to walk, unable to talk, unable to do the things she used to do, it takes a toll on the whole family,” Brooke Love said.
The once active and sporty 8th grader at Locust Fork schools now has to stay home from school and has multiple doctor’s office visits each week; however, her spirit remains unbroken and her family is resilient. Morgan’s younger sister, Meredith, is only 11 and has learned how to administer Morgan’s daily medicines intravaneously through a PICC line.
The family told CBS 42 they have a long list of people they want to thank for their constant support, including teachers, doctors, nurses, friends and now bikers.
A local group of motorcycle bikers recently reached out to the family to arrange the Sunday benefit ride. The ride will help Morgan’s family financially since they have to pay for much of her expensive treatments out-of-pocket.
“It’s a wonderful feeling because, you know, you go out and you help people all the time and then when someone comes out to help you and your family, it’s very touching,” Brooke Love said.
The benefit ride will be approximately 100 to 125 miles long. Riders can register at Bates HD Sales in Oneonta Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. for $25/bike and $5/passenger. Morgan plans to ride in a Slingshot vehicle alongside her grandfather.
The ride will end at the Riders Harley-Davidson in Trussville with live entertainment from 7 Stone Riot, door prizes and food.
Organizers are closely monitoring weather forecasts in case of severe weather and any need to re-schedule. To follow updates on the motorcycle ride, click here.
If you would like to contribute to Morgan’s health fund, an account has been set up at Hometown Bank of Alabama located at 6811 AL-79, Pinson, AL 35126.
Although it is too late to get a fundraising T-shirt in time for the Sunday ride, T-shirts benefitting the Love family will continue to be sold after the ride. If you would like more information on the T-shirts, click here.
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