Bikers raise money for Arizona teen's lung transplant

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 5:07 PM

PHOENIX -- A group of bikers rode through the Valley to raise money for a 13-year-old Arizona girl in need of a double lung transplant.

Sadie Buntin was born with cystic fibrosis, a chronic lung disease which doctors diagnosed when she had pneumonia at 6 months old.

"She's an awesome little girl," said Sadie's sister, Heather Mosley. "She has a lot of heart and really wants to move on in life."

Sadie's insurance will cover the transplant, but she can't be put on the waiting list until her family comes up with $10,000 for the anti-rejection medication.

Sadie's mother contacted rider Bob Schmidt, also known as "Bob the Builder," about organizing the bike ride for the teen. A parent himself, Schmidt rounded up a bunch of his friends.

"We stepped up because in the two-wheel world, we're very powerful," he said. "We're going to do this ride, we're going to save Sadie, and if we have to do something else we'll do it. ... We ain't bikers. We're riders. We're riders with hearts."

The group started in Chandler and rode through Tempe and Scottsdale before stopping Fountain Hills.

"It makes us feel like we have somebody there for us, you know, like there's people out there that really care. I mean, especially for our children that are young," Mosley said. "We just really appreciate it."

To make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/a1dmz4.

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