Outdoor adventure park to hold benefit for paralyzed motocross driver

Local - 12/31/2013 4:13 PM by Karen Franklin

TAMS - If you're plans are set for the stroke of midnight, but you're still looking for a way to celebrate the first day of 2014, a Raleigh County park is encouraging residents to help one of their own.

Employees at Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park in Tams will be hosting a benefit ride to help raise money for 18-year-old Derrick Bonds.

The motocross driver was involved in an accident two years ago that left him paralyzed. Although he has gained back some mobility, Bonds has a dream to attend the Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Facility in California.

In addition to a group ride at 11 a.m., the park will also auction off items including a Vega helmet, Grim Reaper tires, gas cards and a remote-controlled helicopter. All proceeds will help Bonds learn to walk again.

“We help out who we can,” Katie Sweeney said. “So we're happy to do it, and New Years is a great day. A lot of people come out to ride on New Years anyway, so it's a perfect day to do it, and weather is looking great, which is always so good around this time of year, so hoping for temperatures around 50 --which is incredible -- so we're really excited to do it -- help out somebody who's hurt.”

Organizers said Bonds has a $10,000 goal.


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