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Benefit motorcycle ride went from Berlin High School to Cadillac Ranch in Southington.
Rich Landry of Berlin wanted to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation and came up with "Dorothy's Ride."
Sunday motorcycle riders from all over the state converged on Berlin High School and rode to Cadillac Ranch on Southington in the hopes of doing just that.
Landry received a heart transplant surgery in 2007.
“I came up with Dorothy’s Ride as a way to celebrate this unknown woman’s generosity, along with the generosity of countless thousands of individuals who donate their organs and tissue so that others, often unknown to them, may live a better life or, as in my case, live at all."
The ride was also held to increase the motorcycle community’s awareness of the problems of diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure).
The ride was the first ride to benefit the health and well being of motorcyclists as well as five national charities – the University of Wisconsin Medical Schools for Research on Heart Disease and Transplantation, the American Diabetes Association, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which is the transplant coordinating committee for the USA, a fund for downed riders and veterans and an as yet to be determined charity of the local ride committee’s choosing.