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Cold ride of bikers warms hearts at Children’s Hospital

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Steve and Debbie Parrish with their teddy bears in the windshield during the Teddy Bear Run.

Many people take their passion for something and use it for a greater cause. The same is true for a local couple who have a passion for riding their motorcycle.

Debbie Parrish and her husband, Steve, have been riding motorcycles off and on for more than 20 years.

“Actually the first time he visited my house, he came by on his motorcycle which was more than 37 years ago,” Parrish said.  “I think we are on bike number five since then and we have only been riding seriously for the past eight or so years.”

Because most of their rides are unplanned, they ride by themselves. But occasionally, they will connect with friends.

On Saturday Nov. 3, the couple participated in the Teddy Bear Run sponsored by the Blue Knights for Children’s Hospital in Richmond.

The Blue Knights members are active and retired law enforcement officers, and Parrish learned about the event from Major Donnie Lowe of the Louisa County Sherriff’s Office.

“We have never participated on a Blue Knights ride in the past,” Parrish said.  “I had heard about it for a few years, and we wanted to, but until we purchased the Harley Heritage a year ago, we hadn’t participated in charity rides.  Since then, we have done four.”

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 27 edition of The Central Virginian.