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Motorcyclists raise funds for A Rosie Place

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- A group of over 100 Michiana motorcyclists came together on Sunday to raise funds for A Rosie Place. 

A Rosie Place is a facility for the medically fragile, children and young adults who have conditions that require round the clock skilled nursing care. The $5 million facility has been operating since 2007, providing patients and their caretakers with a weekend getaway.

"We like for them to feel like they're at home," said Ronda Spaulding, who works at A Rosie Place.

Zephan Cantu, 3, has a condition called Congenital CMV. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it a virus that infects people of all ages.

LeeAnn Cantu, Zephan's mom, said the condition does not allow him to walk, talk, or do anything on his own.

"Seizures, cerebral palsy, development delays," Cantu said. "I stay home to take care of him all day." 

She said A Rosie Place had been a huge help for her and her husband. 

"They gave us more spirit than what we had before, they were a lot like, they're family," Cantu said. 

Now, the center is asking for the public's help. Spaulding said they need more nurses and other resources to be a 24/7 facility. Right now, they operate during the weekend. 

"This baker group very generous people," Spaulding said. "It's just awe-inspiring."

Motorcyclists from all over Michiana heard the center was in need, and according to Robb "Rabbit" Abbott, they didn't hesitate to help. 

"Everybody out here has a huge heart and its proven today with everybody coming out here supporting this group," Abbott said. " We're blessed and humbled to do it."

A Rosie Place is always taking donations if you'd like to help out head over to rosieplace.org for more information. 



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