Motorcycle ride honors crash victims | Local News

SUNBURY — The 5th Annual motorcycle ride in memory of Kirt Mahaffey Jr., and his 3-year old son, Mayson, was held Saturday with nearly 50 motorcycles revving their engines across Veterans Memorial Bridge where the accident took place.

The Mahaffey’s were killed in an auto accident on July 17, 2012, from injuries suffered in a head-on collision crash.

Two Port Trevorton men were heading east in the left lane of the bridge when state police said their vehicle swerved into the path of Mahaffey’s vehicle, which was traveling west.

Saturday’s ride was in honor of Kirt, 22, and Mayson, but also in order to help raise money for Magical Memories, a foundation that helps promote events and parties for sick children.

“I think Magical Memories is great and we are here today to honor my son and grandson and help raise some money for the charity,” Todd Heller, father of Kirt and grandfather of Mayson, said.

“We are so happy to see everyone come out and support us and the charity.”

Rose Heller said she met with Magical Memories because of the great work the organization.

“I hold on to memories,” Rose Heller said. “So I want to be able to help children make memories.”

Rose Heller and her husband started the ride five years ago and it is sponsored by the Sunbury American Legion Riders Post 201.

The ride began at noon and the sounds of screaming motorcycles filled the air near Veterans Memorial Bridge.

“The rev of honor is great,” Todd Heller said. “We started that and it’s just so nice to hear it as we drive by.”

Riders went more than 60 miles as they crossed the bridge into Shamokin Dam, proceeded to Northumberland, Danville, Turbotville, Montgomery and ended in Milton.

Last year the group raised $4,000 for Magical Memories, which hosts an annual Christmas party that draws more than 600 people to Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton.

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