Carson thrilled with his motorcycle ride

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Photographed sitting on a Milan Police Department motorcycle is Carson Gallagher with Bill Waitz, one of the organizers for Carson’s ride. In the background, is Dan Kofahl, who drove Carson to Dundee in the sidecar of his Indian Vintage 2016 Willow bike.

By Joyce Ervin

Bikers Bill Waitz and Dan Griz Kofahl made 13-year-old Carson Gallagher very happy with a motorcycle ride in the sidecar of Kofahl’s Indian Vintage 2016 Willow bike.
 An invitation was sent to other area riders to join the event.  And, they did.  More than 50 cyclists showed up to drive with Carson from Tecumseh to Dundee for an ice cream treat plus a police escort from the Milan Police Motor Unit.
Carson suffers from a rare genetic condition, Smith-Lemi-Opitz Syndrome.  He is mostly non-verbal, and has other disabilities, his mother, Melissa Gallagher, said.  “However, you are able to tell when he is happy, she said, and happy he was on the day of the ride.”
Carson has always been drawn to motorcycles. His parents have purchased motorcycle toys and took him to motorcycle shows.    Gallagher said, “He will even enjoy looking at motorcycles in parking lots.”
Kofahl gave Carson a few patches to sew on a blue jean vest.  He asked his fellow bikers to bring him any patches they could spare.  Carson got lots of patches, but that’s not the best part of the story.
 A few days after his ride, a visitor came to his door and delivered a leather riding jacket for Carson to sew his patches on.  He was ecstatic, and his parents wrote a long letter of appreciation to the members of Tecumseh Harley-Davidson 1264 Chapter.
Kofahl described Carson as, “a happy, joyful kid who makes everyone around him happy.”

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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