Bikers ride to raise Autism awareness

April 26, 2008 8:37:22 PM PDT
It was a parade of tough motorcycle enthusiasts with big hearts this Saturday. They were riding for a worthy cause. It was an impressive sight - 300 motorcycles rumbling into the Phillies ballpark. They were hard to miss as they made their way down Butler Pike through Conshohocken and onto the Schuylkill Expressway. It was the second annual Ride for Autism, and they easily accomplished their mission... raising public awareness of a serious condition affecting thousands of families.

The bikers were joined by a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge. Seamus McCaffery says he's not a "leader of the pack", just a public servant giving back to the public.

Each of the bikes is unique, representing the individual personality of the rider. Just like every child with autism is unique, requiring special care and attention.

The Center for Autism has been around since 1955, but the services it provides are need more than ever as the disorder is diagnosed in more and more children.

The bikers honored one of the Center's success stories. 17-year-old Jason Petrillo plays for the Fearless Flyers hockey team. He scored 7 goals in three games.

There were a lot of winners out Saturday as the bikers raised more than $10,000 and raised public awareness.