|Updated: 11/12/2012 8:50 am
||Published: 11/11/2012 2:56 pm
This weekend, veterans and motorcycle riders honored the memory of a little girl who lost her life to stage four brain cancer this year. They started a diaper run to honor Raegan Whaley and help children in need who live at the Little Rock Air Force Base.
The diaper run began in El Paso and ended at the base.
"We had a member of the security forces unit. His daughter was diagnosed with cancer late last year. In March of this year, she passed away. We're trying to help families like that," says the Little Rock Air Force Base's Rodney Kizzia.
Now, dozens of boy and girls at the base will be able to open presents on Christmas morning thanks to the generous donations made by riders in the first ever Memorial Diaper Run named in honor of Whaley.
"It's a way of taking something that was really sad and making something good come from it," says organizer Alexandra Csanadi.
Members of the military motorcycle club, the Green Knights, worked with those living at the Little Rock Air Force Base to collect anything for kids ten and under from diapers to toys. On this Veterans' Day weekend, helping others brings special meaning to the riders.
"Being a veteran myself, Iraq veteran, it just shows that people care, you know, people that are out there, they still care," says J.D. McMinn.
"It gives you that good feeling inside when you do something for somebody in need. I think we all should do that if we have the opportunity to do that," says Kizzia.