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UPDATE: MDA Freedom Ride brings in big bucks

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SAUK CITY (WKOW) -- Organizers say the 27th annual MDA Freedom Ride in Sauk City brought in another big crowd and will lead to another big check cut to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Preliminary numbers show about 1,300 riders took part and helped raise at least $85,000 for MDA's Madison office.

The annual event is put on by Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson every year.

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SAUK CITY (WKOW) -- Motorcycles hit the streets Saturday afternoon, as bikers came together to show their support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the 27th annual MDA Freedom Ride.

The event-- put on by the Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson store-- has grown in the past 27 years, into one of the top Harley fundraising rides in the country, bringing in more than a million dollars for the Madison MDA office over the years.

"The money that's raised stays right here in southcentral Wisconsin and it supports the kids and adults with muscular dystrophy living in our communities right here," says executive director of the Madison MDA office, Rebecca Hildebrandt.

About one thousand motorcyclists come out to the ride every year, which makes the event one of the biggest fundraisers for the MDA's Madison office.

"Our group cut a check to MDA that's in the top 5 in the U.S. We're really proud of our people," says owner of the Sauk Prairie Harley store, Virgil Schulenburg.

Their donations help fund programs like the MDA Summer Camp for kids with muscular dystrophy.

"I really like it [the ride] because they help raise money and that means I get to go to camp, and camp is really fun," says Annie Heathcote, a 13-year-old girl who is one of about 500 living in our area with muscular dystrophy.

Annie stops by the Freedom Ride every year, waving her "thank you" sign at bikers as they hit the road.

The ride began at noon in Sauk City. Bikers rode to Portage and back, and festivities continued at the VFW Park.

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SAUK CITY (WKOW) -- You could hear the roar of motorcycles in parts of southern Wisconsin Saturday afternoon, as riders came together for the 27th annual MDA Freedom Ride.

The event kicked off at the Sauk Prairie Harley Davidson in Sauk City. Bikers left there to ride up to Portage and back, all to raise money for the Madison office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The event brings in up to $100-thousand every year for the nearly 500 people living with the disease in southcentral Wisconsin.

It's not over yet though-- you can still stop by the VFW Park to check out the festivities. They'll have food, bike games, live entertainment and raffles until about 11:30 p.m.

Tonight on 27 News at 6 & 10, Jennifer Kliese will share more about MDA and the Freedom Ride.

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