Thousands Participate in Teddy Bear Run

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By Lauren Forsythe | 

Motorcycle riders traveled thousands of miles to participate in the Teddy Bear Run to raise awareness for child abuse.

Now in it's fourteenth year, the ride kicks off Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in front of the Warren County Justice Center, and it pays to run.

The Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center raises upwards of $25,000 each year.

A teddy bear is donated to the center by each participating biker.

"It's just a great way to help out and do things for people that need a little more than what some of the other folks have," says Teddy Bear Run participant John O'Laughlin.

"It helps us buy equipment that we need. Our doctors of course volunteer their time, but the center needs money to run, to pay for the building and utilities, but also, just the equipment to do all the different exams," says Debra Broz with the Barren River Child Advocacy Center.

Riders agreed, today's weather was perfect for nearly 1,200 bikers to get together and ride to raise awareness for child abuse.

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