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Submitted photo New York Mills man Dennis Windel with his 1550 Fat Boy Harley-Davidson. Windel has ridden in many charitable motorcycle rides over the years, but none so personal as those arranged for his own family. His grandson, Andrew Emery, and their family was the source of inspiration behind the New York Mills Ronald McDonald House Ride, which has grown into the largest such ride in the world.

The reason behind the ride: Bikers fire up their engines for families in need

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If there's anything louder than the roar of 1,000 motorcycles revving up, it's the deafening silence left behind when a sick child is taken to the hospital.


This weekend, as the annual Ronald McDonald House Ride takes another spin in New York Mills, even the noise of the crowds, the rock bands and the thousand-plus engines won't be enough to drown out the event's ultimate purpose - helping families of ill children make it through some really tough times.

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