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A community unlike most, they make big noises but have even bigger hearts

PRINCETON, WV (WVVA) You can hear them coming from miles away, but that rumbling on Saturday was the sound of nearly 100 motorcycles hitting the road together for a good cause.

“We get a bad reputation for the tattoos and the loud noises, but when it comes down to it, we’re probably some of the people with the biggest hearts you’ll ever find and we’ll go out of our way to be our brother’s keeper,” said Chris Bell, the president of the Punishers.

It was one brother facing tough times that brought together motorcyclists from clubs all over this part of the mountain state.

“A brother of ours, one of our members, tragically lost his daughter a couple weeks ago due to some previous medical conditions. We put the ride together to help pay for funeral costs,” said Gene White, the president of the Mercer County Ghost Riders.

Showing support for a good cause is just what they do. At $15 per bike and $5 for every passenger, White hoped they hit the $7,500 goal by the end of the day.

Benefit rides like the one on Saturday happen often. When the motorcycle community comes together for a good cause, whether it’s delivering toys to kids at Christmas, supporting our armed forces, or lining Mercer Street end-to-end, it is a phenomenal sight to see.

Rachel Anderson

Multimedia Journalist

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