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Motorcyclists ride for local teacher battling cancer

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A Tri-State teacher battling cancer gets some support from a group of motorcycle lovers. 

60 riders, and more than 30 passengers, rolled out of the American Legion Post 265 on Fares Avenue Saturday morning for a special ride.

It's part of a benefit to help Michele DeSousa and her family.

Michele is a special education teacher at Reitz and the mother of four young boys. She has thyroid cancer and the money raised on Saturday will help with medical expenses.

"As the American Legion, we're here to support our members, our family members, and everyone in the community as a whole," post commander Donnie Walters said.

"This is a community event. It brings people together and it shows that when the community rallies to help somebody. That's what it's all about," said John Culver, the chaplain of this American Legion post.

"It's overwhelming the support that everyone gives. I mean, sometimes bikers get a bad rap, look at the outcome. It tells you a lot. It's a family," Michele's friend, Jamie Brumley said. 

Riders headed to other American Legion posts in Newburgh, Rockport, Tennyson and Boonville before returning.

Food, entertainment and a silent auction are also part of the day.

The post commander says they raised over $1,500 for the DeSousa family through ride registration alone. They're hoping to make at least $5,000 by the end of the night.

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