Lake Taylor Hospital Motorcycle Run

Story Number: NNS081219-10Release Date: 12/19/2008 10:56:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristan Robertson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) volunteer Color Guard performed honors and assisted with the 8th Annual Lake Taylor Hospital Motorcycle Run Dec. 14 in Norfolk.

The run, sponsored by Southside Harley Davidson, was designed to provide gifts and donations from local businesses and motorcyclists each year for disabled children who reside at the hospital.

"It's the little things we take for granted that we like to provide for the children in order to help them have a wonderful Christmas," said Jo Ann Emmons, Southside Harley Davidson event coordinator.

"Carl Vinson Sailors do a wonderful job in helping us present our gifts and we are so grateful for their support."

Starting at the Southside Harley Davidson location in Virginia Beach, 215 members took to the road and traveled to Lake Taylor, in Norfolk, where they were welcomed by the Carl Vinson Color Guard and patients and staff of the hospital.

Each rider arrived at the event with a bag of gifts and gave holiday wishes to the children.

"It is a tremendous uplift for the kids, because they don't get much of anything," said Christine Gorcica, Lake Taylor's licensed physical therapist assistant and group rider. "It means so much to the residents."

Carl Vinson Sailors were presented with a plaque in appreciation for their support and volunteer service.

"It was a good opportunity for us to show the positive side of the Navy by coming out here and supporting such a worth while cause," said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Christopher Tyner.

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