LONDONDERRY — Area motorcyclists will take to the highways this weekend to benefit a young Londonderry girl who continues to thrive after surviving a near fatal infection.
The third annual "Ride for Bella" is set for Sunday, July 15, in Derry. The event will bring hundreds of bike riders together in an effort to raise money for the Bella Tucker Fund.
Bella Tucker, 10, was rushed to Boston in April 2010, with a life-threatening illness, streptococcus pneumonia sepsis, that resulted in quadruple amputations.
Bella returned to South Londonderry School and is adjusting to a new way of life.
But she will need continuous medical care and adjustments to her prosthetics as she grows.
Her mother, Selena Roarty, said Bella is enjoying her summer so far. She said Bella is looking forward to a trip to California to spend time with cousins and other relatives.
"She's excited for the summer," Roarty said. "She swims all the time."
She is also looking forward to a new school year, Roarty said. She will be heading to Londonderry Middle School as a sixth-grader in the fall.
Bella will participate in this year's Ride for Bella. She will be a passenger for the entire trip, riding in a sidecar.
Money raised from the upcoming ride will help the family meet Bella's needs as she gets older, including updating her prosthetic sizes as she grows.
Roarty said Bella has already outgrown about 10 pairs of prosthetic legs.
Started in 2010, the Ride for Bella is becoming one of New Hampshire largest motorcycle benefit rides.
This year's ride once again begins in Derry at the Steve 'N' James Tavern on Rockingham Road.
The ride follows the same route to the Seacoast Harley Davidson in North Hampton, and then returns to the tavern in Derry.
A party will follow the ride.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. July 15, with the ride beginning shortly after 10 a.m.
Last year, more than 400 riders participated in support of Bella and her family and raised more than $16,000.
This year, organizers hope more riders come out and support Bella.
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