Motorcycle ride to raise money for drowning victims' families

Franklin Strong ride takes place Sunday

FRANKLIN, Ind. - A motorcycle ride Sunday raised money for the Franklin Strong fund supporting the families of teens involved in a swimming accident earlier this month that claimed two lives.

Motorcyclists gathered at Franklin Community High School beginning at 8 a.m., with proceeds from the ride supporting the families of Jason Moran, 17, Michael Chadbourne, 16, and Sarah McLevish, 16.

Moran and Chadbourne both died while trying to rescue McLevish after she was swept over a dam in the Big Blue River in Edinburgh.

Tickets to take part in the ride were set at $25, with a $10 fee for each additional rider.

The ride began at Franklin Community High School, finishing at the Time Out Bar and Grill, with live entertainment and other events to help raise money for the victims' families.

Organizers said up to 500 motorcyclists took part.

During the ride, the bridge over the dam filled as motorcyclists paused for a moment of silence.

Franklin Strong bracelets were among several items sold in the fundraiser.

McLevish's mom said the girl is improving a little every day and remains in critical condition, but stable. She called her daughter a "tough, resilient kid."

Moran was a football player who would have begun his senior year this fall.

Chadbourne's family donated eight of the boy's organs. His heart went to a 14-year-old boy in Iowa.

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