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Central Texas bikers ride to raise money

ELM MOTT, TX (KXXV) -

Central Texas bikers hit the streets this morning for a cause.

Almost 100 motorcyclists, participated in a Saturday morning memorial ride in honor of Brandon Gatlin. 

Gatlin, an avid rider, died in June after a motorcycle accident. Gatlin left behind an expecting wife. The morning ride came with a fee, the proceeds going directly to the family.

Friends and family of began planning the fundraiser six weeks ago to help the family pay for mounting hospital bills. After his death, they decided to continue the event but turn it into a memorial. One of the event organizers, James Hooper, said the event can be used as a reflection of Gatlin's life.

 “Today is a way for us as motorcyclists to be able to come together and show our support and contribute and not just to contribute with money but contribute to celebrating a person,” Hooper said.

In addition to the ride, a fundraiser at MacDaddy’s sold raffle tickets and food to raise additional funds. Family members said the event is something Brandon would have loved.

“He would definitely be amazed at the amount of people in support. He probably assumed but he didn't know it was this much,” Hooper said.

A contribution fund to the Gaitlin family can be found here.

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