Great Lakes H-D teddy bear ride helps young patients

Publish Date: 
Aug 2, 2013

BAY CITY, Mich. – Pigs are out but teddy bears are in this weekend at Great Lakes Harley-Davidson & Buell. The dealership is hosting the 8th annual Teddy Bear Ride for Covenant Kids Aug 3.

In past years, the Teddy Bear Ride was held in conjunction with the Pig Gig, in which riders meet with local kids in the Covenant HealthCare Pediatric Unit. Joe Yax and the Great Lakes Harley team were committed to continuing the tradition even after the Pig Gig announced it would come to a close.

New teddy bear donations are encouraged and can be dropped off at the dealership the toys are given throughout the year to comfort children who are hospitalized at Covenant, the region’s only Level II Verified Pediatric Trauma Center complemented by a regional Pediatric Unit and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Registration runs from noon to 3 p.m. at the dealership. Bikers and bears will leave Bay City at 3 p.m. and arrive at Covenant HealthCare around 4 p.m. Once at Covenant, a small group of bikers will be selected to personally deliver stuffed animals to the children. Those who stay outside are able to further participate in the delivery though a two-way video with the Pediatric Unit. This will allow the bikers to see their impact, and the children to see the support.

Each year, the event draws close to 200 riders and 300 participants.

Posted by Holly Wagner