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Biker Dad: Little girl enlists an army of bikers in battle against a deadly disease

Courtesy: Cynthia Brewer Courtesy: Cynthia Brewer
MEMPHIS (RNN / WMC) -

She has an adorable, infectious smile. But Ava Maness' smile is often covered by a mask that helps her breathe. “That mask is for her to filter out the air that she breathes so she doesn’t breathe in any germs or anything. A common cold to her could become deadly," said her father Jason Maness.

Jason is the Vice President of the Widow Sons and for the third year, he and his biker friends are raising awareness for cystic fibrosis and money to help find a cure. Both Ava and her mother Kelly have CF. Saturday, an army of bikers showed up to help, raising more than $11 thousand. 

"What do you think about all of these motorcycles?” I asked little Ava. She plugs her ears, and muffled through her mask says, "they're loud," which makes her father laugh. Laughing and smiling aren't always that easy when your family is fighting a deadly disease and mounting medical bills. 

“Her treatments every day include about two hours of treatments she has to do, upwards of about 16 medications she has to take just to stay healthy," Jason Maness said. That's where the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation really helps, and why the Widow Sons want to help them. 

“Ava’s medications, lots of them cost thousands of dollars," said Kelly Maness, "A lot of the CF medications we file with the insurance company and what the insurance company doesn’t cover the CF Foundation picks up and pays the rest.”

Countless bikes gleamed in the sun Saturday at Recycle Biker Shop in Collierville, where the ride started,  and Bumpus Harley Davidson in Memphis where it ended. “Oh my gosh this is a wonderful turnout. We could not expect this much turnout," said Kelly Maness.

If you’d like to help out, find out more about cystic fibrosis, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to donate, you can check out there website by clicking here.

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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