Poker Run for MDA Rumbles Across NELA

The 34th annual Poker Run attracts bikers from all over the Southwest.

Motorcyclists enjoy a weekend in Monroe connecting with fellow bikers while raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Kenneth Griffin, a motorcyclist, says,"We really enjoy coming out and participating. There is a lot of money raised for the children, for MDA period. Its a good feeling."

One of the event's organizers says the ride to fight muscular dystrophy started as a way for bikers to give back to the community and share their softer side with the public.
Poker Run Organizer Jimmy "Squirrel" Langston says,"Now everybody loves a biker because they know that they can get help. He will go out of his way to make sure people are happy. Some of them big, bad guys, they got a heart."

During the event, motorcyclists ride over a hundred miles through cities in Northeast Louisiana. 

Back at camp, the bikers collect money for the charity through a silent auction and raffle.

"Well I would like to get over twenty five thousand. You always want to do better than what you did last year," says Langston. 

The motorcyclists say its a great feeling to help out others while spending time on the bikes they love.

Gary Smith, a motorcyclist, says,"Its just a feeling of giving back and of fellowship of being with other bikers. There is an association that when you ride a bike its just something you get within your blood."

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