LaGRANGE — A ride Saturday will benefit a tenacious LaGrange toddler who still needs the public’s help as she battles acute myeloid leukemia.
Maylee Highland, 3, was recently diagnosed with the blood-borne disease and is currently undergoing treatments at the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta.
The members of the Defiant Crew Motorcycle Club have opened their hearts and arms to the little girl and her family. The group is hosting a benefit ride and fundraiser Saturday. All of the proceeds will go to Maylee and her parents.
Michael Bartlett is helping to organize the Ride for Maylee fundraiser, which will involve a 45-mile journey for all registered motorcycles, trucks and any other vehicles starting 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, 101 N. Davis Road. Registration will start at 10 a.m. The cost is $20 for all vehicles and $5 for passengers.
The Defiant Crew MC is also pre-selling barbecue plates, which may be ordered from Bartlett or at Pizza Villa, 1399 Lafayette Parkway. Plates also will be on sale during the fundraiser.
Bartlett said tickets will be on sale for a 50/50 raffle for $1, plus a silent auction that will feature items from local boutiques and stores. Cost for barbecue plates is $8. T-shirts and wristbands will also be on sale.
Anyone wishing to make a donation, pre-order barbecue plates and raffle tickets, or wanting more information may contact Bartlett at 706-594-8322 or stop by his business, Pizza Villa.
Folks can also find more information on the Defiant Club’s Facebook page “RIDE FOR MAYLEE- Hosted by the Defiant Crew MC.”
Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.