Article by Lori Talley-
So, despite the rainy weather we had twelve bikes plus several four wheeled vehicles for the first ever B. Garner Dice Run, which visited two of the local nursing homes in Lexington. By all accounts it was a very successful day. We sponsored thirty-three residents total at Briarwood and Lexington Manor. We asked for specific wants/wishes for each resident and through the tremendous generosity of this community, all wishes were provided as well as tons more items. Everyone got new PJ’s, house shoes, lotions, body wash, etc. The residents asked for so little, it was easy to provide their wants, things like snacks, ear buds, a purse, a wig, John Wayne DVDs, jewelry, etc.
We also made a point to just spend some time and visit with each resident. One of the most special moments for us was for a resident at Briarwood that used to ride motorcycles himself. When we first organized this run, his only wish was to sit on a motorcycle one last time. We said “sure, not a problem”. But when the day actually came, he had taken a turn for the worse over the last several days and was not longer conscious. When we got to his room, despite his condition, the loving staff at Briarwood had dressed him in his leather vest, bandana on his head with a Harley blanket…
For the complete story, see the April 18th edition of The Lexington Progress.