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Several years ago my daughter, Joyce, was practicing medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

CHOP was located in a less than ideal area of the city. The employees of the hospital were required to park in a secure lot and then were ushered across the street to the hospital entrance.

One day Dr. Mauk checked into the parking lot and was being escorted across the street when suddenly a roar of motorcycles filled the air. Fear struck her as she attempted to hurry across the street until she noticed the lead motorcycle was being ridden by Santa Claus.

The roaring motorcycles were followed by a truck filled with Christmas gifts for the patients at CHOP.

Joyce soon found that the riders were members of the BlueKnights, law enforcement officers who are also motorcycle fans. By the way, the RedKnights are a club composed of fire fighters.

Often I hear how loud pipes disturb many people. I too do not like the ear splitting crack of an unmuffled motorcycle. I do enjoy the mellow sound and low rumble that modified pipes emit. Those with very loud pipes defend them with “loud pipes save lives” when actually “loud pipes lose rights.”

This “Up On Two” edition did not start out to be a pro and con discussion of the sound of motorcycles but to point out what a huge part of donations for many different worthy causes come from motorcycle activities. Many motorcycle clubs devote a lot of their time and money for the fund raisers. In many motorcycle magazines pages are devoted to the schedule of these activities and their sponsorship all over the country.

MC clubs are often brand related, such as HOGS, “Harley Owners Group,” Riders of Kawasaki or fraternal clubs such as American Legion Riders, Am Vets Rider and others. This list could go on, the local Victory riders just formed a chapter of that club. I am sure they will sponsor a fundraiser in the future.

Don’t allow a few who insist on overly loud pipes to form your opinion of motorcyclists and motorcycles. If when you see a large group of riders going by, seeming to have a really good time, cut them some slack. Chances are they are riding for a good cause.

This may be the proper time to thank the law enforcement personal who often aid in these rides by blocking traffic to aid the flow of riders during their fund raising efforts. Your efforts are appreciated.

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