A year ago, 15-year-old Josh Berry was just like many other Long County High School students. He had just completed a basketball season with the Blue Tide and was in the process of completing his sophomore year. But on Nov. 17, the lives of the Berry family were turned upside down when they found out their son had leukemia. Since that time, Berry has been receiving treatment for the disease, and the family is doing everything they can to support their son. But with this new obstacle for the family came additional expenses, including travel to and from the doctors, motel stays and changes in medical costs.
On Feb. 19, motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the area joined in Long County for a dice run to help raise money for Berry. More than 100 bikers, with most carrying passengers on their bikes, met at LCHS to show their support.
The day was a great success and everyone had a good time, according to Janet Poole, who helped plan the event.
She also said she gave the Berry family a check for nearly $6,000 Wednesday night on behalf of the Iron Horse Cowboys and the Long County Wingmen Club.
“We gave them $5,890, but there is a little more money in shirt sales that we still have to collect, so there will be a little more,” Poole said.
Her husband, Leonard Poole, said participants came to Ludowici from as far as Albany and Atlanta to be a part of the ride.
“I think this was such a blessing. There was such a great turnout for the ride, and we’re so thankful,” Berry’s mother, Sibley Berry, said.
Berry’s father, Robert Berry, who is the chief deputy for the Long County Sheriff’s Office, said this fundraiser changed his view on bikers.
“You know, my attitude toward bikers has changed. These guys aren’t out here just to ride their bikes; they’re here for support. But it wouldn’t matter if it was for Josh or anyone else; they would be out here helping anyone in need,” he said.