IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Crabby Daddy’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Benefit Motorcycle Ride
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: 6803 Michaels Mill Road, Buckeystown
CALL: Wayne Harris, 301-471-1365, for details or to sign on as a sponsor.
Wayne Harris heard 6-year-old Keller Knight sing at a recent juvenile diabetes research event and decided to do something special for the boy, who has juvenile diabetes.
“I heard him sing a Michael Jackson song and he caught my eye,” Harris said. “I thought it was kind of neat for a kid to get up and sing on a mic, so I thought it would be a good idea to do something for him.”
Harris arranged an airplane ride for Keller with local pilot Lin Caywood.
The recent 30-minute ride flew Keller, his father, sister and aunt over their home in Jefferson and Keller’s school in Middletown.
Keller was so excited when they landed he asked if he could go up a second time, and Caywood obliged, said his mother, Kendra Knight.
“He absolutely loved it,” Knight said. “He enjoyed seeing his school. It was a wonderful experience for everybody. It’s not something you get to do every day, especially not a 6-year-old.”
Collaboration with Caywood was also intended to generate publicity for Crabby Daddy’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Benefit Motorcycle Ride on June 11.
“It’s all about Keller,” Harris said. “We raised $5,000 last year for the diabetes research fund. It went over so well, people wanted it done again. I want to top that if I could.”
Caywood said she volunteered to fly Keller as a gesture of good will and to bring awareness to the fundraiser.
“I wanted them to experience something fun and interesting, so I flew them over their home and over Keller’s school,” Caywood said.
Keller will ride in a U.S. Army Humvee, which will lead the ride from Buckeystown to Dale’s Place, 12841 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont. On the return to Buckeystown, food, prizes, family activities, live music and a custom cycle display will be available.
The cost to participate is $25 for a motorcycle rider, $15 for a passenger and $15 for lunch.