DERRY — One hundred forty-two motorcycles revved up their engines for the Ride for Bella on Sunday that departed from Burgundy's Billiard Room in Derry. There were a total of 213 riders and passengers participating.
Jason Weeden of Derry organized the fundraiser that raised $12,000 for Bella and her family.
Bella, 8, of Londonderry is recovering from a severe infection that resulted in quadruple amputation in April. She spent two months at Boston Children's Hospital and was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in early June, only to return to Children's with pneumonia where she is still hospitalized. She was transferred from intensive care to a regular unit two weeks ago.
The Ride for Bella Sunday is one of several large fundraisers for the family to help with medical bills and the cost of modifying their home for Bella's eventual return.
"The weather was great," Weeden said. "We went through Fremont to Exeter and along the coast."
There was a police escort for the 76-mile ride, organized with other police departments by the Salem Police Department.
"All the police departments were fantastic," Weeden said.
After the three-hour ride, a party was held at Burgundy's. Bella's mom Selena Roarty and her stepfather Peter Tucker attended.
In addition to the ride, Weeden has been selling Bella rubber wristbands for $5 each. So far, he has raised $12,000 and is aiming for $20,000. He just received 2,000 more bands that he is placing in local businesses.
For more information on Bella and fundraisers, visit bellatucker.org.