ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) – Almost 100 bikers revved up their engines for a ride on Sunday to support the Moose Foundation.
It all started over a decade ago when Bruce Brown and his riding partner George crashed on Rt. 17 in Starksboro and Brown.
“George Fon and I came through McCullough and down to Gore Road. That moose stepped in front of me, ”said Brown. “George didn’t see my headlights in his back view so he turned and came back and made me breathe because I wasn’t breathing well enough to make it when he got to me.”
Brown suffered broken ribs, a neck injury, and a serious brain injury – and his friends were driven to help.
“We were really inspired by what we do today. We help guys or women or anyone who has a motorcycle accident, ”said David Pearson, co-director of the Moose Foundation. “If you’re a Vermont resident and have an accident somewhere, we’ll help you. Or if you’re a Vermont visitor, we’ll help you. “
Over the years, Pearson and The Moose Foundation have served people across the state. Randy Ashfield is among them.
“I had a head-on collision with another vehicle on August 3rd,” said Ashfield. “Unfortunately, I was thrown off my bike and spent the next 10 days in the hospital. I’m just happy to be alive. “
Through donations, the foundation has worked to give Ashfield the help he needs.
“They paid for some of my medication and helped with the towing costs of the motorcycle. That took some of the pressure off the expenses – unknown expenses, unexpected expenses. “
It fulfills in many ways. Somehow it feels like you’ve given something back or done something for your brother or sister and you haven’t asked for anything in return. So that’s cool. “
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