Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

A Low Rumble from the Bottom of the Driveway

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

A Low Rumble from the Bottom of the Driveway

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A low rumble from the bottom of the driveway told Tom Gray his angels had arrived. They were wearing faded jeans, black T-shirts, boots, dark sunglasses and black leather vests. Many of them sported tattoos and body piercings. The rumble came from their motorcycles--two dozen big, bad, shiny weeks in the making. His son Slate, a ten-year-old with cerebral palsy, was about to receive, courtesy of these bikers, a surprise birthday gift ...

It all began at a local restaurant where the Grays chanced to meet biker David Miller. When Tom spotted Miller's black T-shirt, which read "Concerned Bikers Association," he inquired, and they ended up talking for more than an hour, about the bikers, and about Slate. As Miller stood to leave, he asked if there was anything Slate needed. Tom's wife, Deb, mentioned the Rifton Ranger tricycle they were saving for. She added that Tom, once an avid surfer, was even looking to sell his board to raise money.

Miller got on the phone, and by the next day, several fellow bikers had agreed to help raise money. …

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