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A. Sandusky Free Care Friends hosts its annual motorcycle run

Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Harry E. Harper of Elizabeth Township gets his souvenir T-shirt from volunteers Mac Costello, Ruth Schnur and Ailene Schnur.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Harry E. Harper of Elizabeth Township gets his souvenir T-shirt from volunteers Mac Costello, Ruth Schnur and Ailene Schnur.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Andy Sandusky reminisces about his days as a motor officer while looking at a 1976 photo held by McKeesport detective Joe Osinski.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Andy Sandusky reminisces about his days as a motor officer while looking at a 1976 photo held by McKeesport detective Joe Osinski.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Taking shelter under the Hoot's awning are riders, including, Joyce Sturgess of McKeesport, Paul Sturgess of McKeesport, John Patterson of West Mifflin and Joe Foley of Elizabeth.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Taking shelter under the Hoot's awning are riders, including, Joyce Sturgess of McKeesport, Paul Sturgess of McKeesport, John Patterson of West Mifflin and Joe Foley of Elizabeth.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - A. Sandusky Free Care Friends deputy chair Lisa Schnur and motorcycle run coordinator Rick Cauthorn buy tickets from volunteer Jana Davis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>A. Sandusky Free Care Friends deputy chair Lisa Schnur and motorcycle run coordinator Rick Cauthorn buy tickets from volunteer Jana Davis.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Paula Kircher and Robert Rusch of North Versailles Township pose for a photo before Sunday's motorcycle run to benefit the Free Care Fund at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Paula Kircher and Robert Rusch of North Versailles Township pose for a photo before Sunday's motorcycle run to benefit the Free Care Fund at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Riders line up on Walnut Street before heading out on the fifth annual motorcycle run sponsored by the A. Sandusky Free Care Friends and Hoot's.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Riders line up on Walnut Street before heading out on the fifth annual motorcycle run sponsored by the A. Sandusky Free Care Friends and Hoot's.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Jill West and the Blues Attack entertain guests at the Blue Top Pavilion during picnic following the fifth annual A. Sandusky Free Care Friends Motorcyle Run.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Jill West and the Blues Attack entertain guests at the Blue Top Pavilion during picnic following the fifth annual A. Sandusky Free Care Friends Motorcyle Run.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - A. Sandusky Free Care Friends co-chairs Brian and Jenn Kelly spend time with their son, Brian Jr., as he writes his name on a Children's Hospital donation card.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>A. Sandusky Free Care Friends co-chairs Brian and Jenn Kelly spend time with their son, Brian Jr., as he writes his name on a Children's Hospital donation card.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Volunteer Kristi Whitney and A. Sandusky Free Care Friends secretary Jim Calvin work the registration table during the event-closing picnic.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Volunteer Kristi Whitney and A. Sandusky Free Care Friends secretary Jim Calvin work the registration table during the event-closing picnic.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Mark Scott of McKeesport and Gary Kiesell of White Oak make their way through the buffet line under the Blue Top Pavilion.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Mark Scott of McKeesport and Gary Kiesell of White Oak make their way through the buffet line under the Blue Top Pavilion.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Steve Sabol of Port Vue and Lea Keeney of Glassport arrive at Renziehausen Park after Sunday's ride.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Steve Sabol of Port Vue and Lea Keeney of Glassport arrive at Renziehausen Park after Sunday's ride.

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By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Monday, June 9, 2014, 2:11 a.m.
 

While rain reduced the number of riders in the A. Sandusky Free Care Friends motorcycle run, it didn't dampen the spirits of those who raised funds for Children's Hospital of UPMC patients.

The fifth annual ride and picnic brought roughly 50 motorcycles into McKeesport on Sunday for an afternoon ride from Hoot's Bar & Restaurant into Westmoreland and Fayette counties and back to Renziehausen Park for food hot off the grill and a performance by Jill West and the Blues Attack.

Andy Sandusky, a retired McKeesport police officer, has been raising funds for the Children's Hospital Foundation's Free Care Fund since the 1970s. In 2003, he organized a nonprofit group that has donated more than $200,000 to the cause with bucket donations in local businesses, fire department boot drives and the motorcycle event.

“I can't express in words how great the support is that we receive each year,” Sandusky said. “All I can say is the citizens of McKeesport and the Mon Valley are the greatest. I want to thank each and every one for helping to keep the smiles on the faces of children at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.”

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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