“Ride for Declan” raising money for abused four-year-old
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The revving of over 200 motorcycles Sunday afternoon was attached to a cause.
The cause? A 4-year-old boy called Declan.
When Declan was just three years old, he was abused by a man his mother was dating. An abuse so terrible, he spent his fourth birthday in the hospital recovering from it.
The Freedom Motorcycle Church of Rapid City orchestrated a ride in honor of Declan, raising money to help him celebrate a belated birthday.
“Trying to raise funds for the whole family,” said Alan Davis, the Vice President of the Freedom Motorcycle Church of Rapid City. “Donations for gift cards for multiple stores, birthday presents if people were able to get them and just tryna make him feel like he had a birthday actually.”
Bikers from over 10 organizations participated. One of the organizations that took part in the “Ride For Declan” was Guardians of the Children, a non-profit who’s mission is to advocate for abused and neglected children.
“We just wish that everybody here realizes what he’s gone through because it is a tragic situation,” said “Chino”, the President of the Black Hills Chapter Guardians of the Children. “We stand here today and we talk about our problems and difficulties, but we don’t always realize what the child is going through.”
His uncle Matthew Paschke also took part in the ride. He says after all his nephew has been through, this act of love is much needed.
“I think he really deserves this after all he’s been through,” said Paschke. “It’s been a tough three months of him in the hospital”.
Donations are still being accepted for Declan. If you would like to contribute, you can contact the Freedom Motorcycle Church here via their Facebook page.