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Mt. Pleasant motorcycle run to benefit Unity Journey of Hope

| Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, 6:54 p.m.

Motorcycles will converge on Mt. Pleasant for “A Ride for Unity” on Sunday.

Participants in the ride will meet at 11 a.m. at Gallagher's Pub, 120 S. Quarry St. .

The purpose of Sunday's ride and another ride slated for Aug. 23, called “One Wish Ride,” will raise money for Unity, A Journey of Hope.

The Aug. 23 ride will start at Jim Shorkey Auto Group on Route 51, north of Uniontown, starting at noon.

Sign-ups for the Mt. Pleasant ride will begin at 9:30 a.m. Cost for that ride is $20 for bike riders, $5 for passengers and $20 for cars. The sign-up at Jim Shorkey Auto Group will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per rider.

Unity Journey of Hope grants wishes for adults ages 18 and up who have life-limiting illnesses or for veterans with illnesses as a way to thank them for their service, according to John A. Robinson of Vanderbilt, president and co-founder of the charity. .

The group has been providing the wishes program with funds raised by the “One Wish Ride” by Abate for four years. Wishes have been granted over the past seven years for those in the greater Pittsburgh and tri-state area.

The Mt. Pleasant run was requested by the organizers of the inaugural “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” run to raise funds for Unity, A Journey of Hope.

Robinson said “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” supports the troops throughout the year. Robinson said Unity, A Journey of Hope picked a Navy veteran to help recently. The veteran was able to move into an apartment, but had no furniture. While his illness was not life-limiting, the group was able to work with Levin Furniture to provide him with a love seat, chair, end tables and a small kitchen table with two chairs.

“We were able to say ‘Thanks for your service,' ” said Robinson.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kpolacek@tribweb.com or 724-626-3538.

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