A recent article published in the East Volusia news discusses how the family of local businessman, motorcycle rider and charity organizer, Bruce Rossmeyer, is carrying on the family tradition of leading a charity motorcycle ride. The family said that the late Bruce Rossmeyer was especially enthusiastic about this year’s huge motorcycle ride to raise money for the children’s healthcare facility, Camp Boggy Creek. Rossmeyer’s family said that part of his enthusiasm stemmed from that fact that this year’s ride would be the 15th Annual Ride for Children. They said another reason Rossmeyer looked forward to this year’s ride was that the benefit was nearing the $4 million mark in money raised for the facility since the event began in 1994.
Camp Boggy Creek is a healthcare facility where children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses receive treatment, live and play games with other sick children at no cost to their families. This year’s Ride for Children is also the first charity ride without Mr. Rossmeyer leading the procession. He died in a motorcycle accident on July 30, 2009, in Wyoming while traveling to the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D. Mr. Rossmeyer’s son and four daughters took their father’s place at the front of the parade.
“This year is going to be a little bit different because my dad has always led it,” Will Rossmeyer, vice president of Daytona Harley-Davidson, said in a recent phone interview.
“This was a place they would come and be kids,” Will Rossmeyer said about Camp Boggy Creek. “They didn’t have to worry about someone saying something about them or making fun of them. And, I think that was where my dad fit in because he was the biggest kid of all. These kids would come up and hug him and tears would come out of his eyes.”
His father would say that the camp brings joy to children who have been less fortunate in life. “He used to always tell my sisters and I: ‘You all are all right. You have your fingers, your toes. You have a roof over your head. These kids are sick. And you don’t know how long they are going to be with us,’” Will Rossmeyer said.
Mr. Rossmeyer was among the 11 people who founded the camp and contributed at least $1 million each to the $23 million facility that opened in 1996.
Motorcycle accidents like the one that took Mr. Rossmeyer from his community occur on a daily basis in Central Florida, especially each October during the Biketoberfest event. Many times, inattentive drivers who cross into the path of a rider cause Florida motorcycle accidents. If you or a member of your family has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, Orlando motorcycle accident attorney James O. Cunningham may be able to help you and your family obtain compensation to help pay for medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related costs. Call Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer James O. Cunningham today and schedule your free consultation.
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