Bikers surprise Southington boy

BIKERS SURPRISE SOUTHINGTON BOY
Motorcycle riders from near and far traveled to the Valley Saturday morning to lift the spirits of a young boy battling brain cancer.

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Motorcyclists can sometimes look a little rough around the edges, but these 300 or so riders are anything but rough.

They all hit the road early Saturday morning to brighten the day of 13-year-old Garrett Proverbs of Southington.

Garrett has multiple brain tumors. The Champion Youth Soccer League, where Garrett once played soccer, put together a benefit soccer game at Champion Elementary School to raise funds for Garrett. A group of bikers escorted him to the game.

“This is amazing. It’s an awesome turnout,” said Sherri Proverbs, Garrett’s mother.

An awesome turnout considering the short amount of time organizers had to pull it off.

“On Monday, literally, I called to get some bikers and I have over 300 bikers,” said Patricia Hovanic, Treasurer of the Champion Youth Soccer League.

Butch Hubbard found out about the event and connected with other motorcycle clubs from as far as Cleveland and Pennsylvania.

“When something like this comes about, the biker community really steps up. These people are amazing. Once you get to know them, they will give their heart and soul to help somebody out,” said Hubbard.

The crowd of motorcycles was a pleasant surprise that made Garrett’s day.

“It’s been pretty overwhelming to see how people have come together, over and over, to just try to make it better–to try to fix it and help us along the way. It’s just touching and overwhelming,” said Proverbs.

A Team Garrett account is set up at Huntington Bank for Garrett and his family.

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