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As summer approaches, it is impossible not to notice a great increase in the number of motorcycles out on the road, but at no time have they been more in evidence than on June 5, when well over 2,000 motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at Harley Davidson of Salt Lake to ride together to Wendover.

For 43 years, bikers from all walks of life have gone on this ride, and it certainly destroys a lot of stereotypes to see who is there: members of the biker clubs like HOG (Harley Owners Group), ABATE and virtually every other club in the state, as well as Sheriff Kennard and other members of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department, the Highway Patrol, Murray and Ogden city police, the head of the firefighters union and managers and owners of many Utah businesses - all come together to make this a great event to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Yes, there are lots of tattoos and black leather, as well as terrific suntans and warm, generous hearts.For many years, Harley Davidson has sponsored this ride as a way to bring all bikers together to have fun and help raise money for the biker's fight against muscle disease. And the bikers have responded overwhelmingly; with more than $35,000 raised at this year's event, they've made the annual Harley Wendover Ride MDA's single largest fund-raising event in Utah.

On behalf of all of the patients with neuromuscular disease that they are so generously helping, the Muscular Dystrophy Association salutes all of the bikers of Utah and the surrounding area. We think they are wonderful.

Pat Baker

District director

MDA Inc.