Nearly 300 bikers rev engines in memory of organ donor ‘Big Mike’

Beacon Journal | Collette M. Jenkins

GREEN: Valerie Henning is brought to tears every time she thinks about the man who saved her life.

“I didn’t know him, but he must have been very kind and loving to make the decision to donate his organs to give life to others,” said Henning, 47, of Medina “I met his family for the first time three years ago and they embraced me and accepted me and pulled me right into the family.”

Henning was among the more than 500 people who gathered Sunday at Boettler Park to remember and pay tribute to the man who donated his liver to her more than seven years ago — Michael Todd Kerr — during Big Mike’s Memorial Bike Ride. The 6-foot 8-inch, 275-pound 26-year-old was killed in a motorcycle accident on July 27, 2008, less than a mile from Legends of Green, where he worked. At the time, he was in his last semester at the Kent State University Salem branch, where he was working to complete a degree in landscape design and management. Continue reading

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