More than 1,600 bikers revved up their engines today in North Texas, raising funds for a wounded warrior who has inspired all who hear his story, Staff Sergeant Travis Mills who lost parts of all four limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan.Â
Fox 4 Dan Godwin has the story.
The motorcyclists took off from Strokers Icehouse in Dallas on a 30 mile fundraising ride.Â The turnout was hundreds more than what organizers expected.
All of these bikers want to do what they can for Staff Sergeant Travis MIlls.
A little more than three months ago, Travis was critically injured in Afghanistan by an IED explosion.
The blast took parts of all four limbs leaving him a quadruple amputee.
He's now adjusting to prosthetic limbs and has impressed everyone with his indomitable spirit, good humor, and determination.
Travis is doing his rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland.
His wife, Kelsey and ten month old daughter Chloe have been with him back east - but they came out for today's fundraiser.Â Kelsey told us she was happy to back in North Texas.Â She and her daughter have been living recently with Kelsey's dad in Frisco.
Today's motorcycle ride ended at Lake Dallas at a gathering this afternoon.Â Travis got a chance to address the crowd through a telephone hookup.
It's the kind of upbeat message everyone's come to expect from Staff Sergeant Mills and one of the key reasons behind his remarkable progress.