Thousands ride in Miracle Ride to benefit Riley

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Around 5,000 motorcyclists hit the streets of Indianapolis on Sunday for Indiana’s largest and longest-running motorcycle charity event.

The Miracle Ride benefits Riley Hospital for Children. One rider told 24-Hour News 8 that he rides for his granddaughter.

“I don’t think we would have a granddaughter here today without Riley,” David Gensinger said.

Gensinger’s 6-year-old granddaughter Lilly has battled cancer twice and endured brain surgery to beat it. She was treated at Riley Hospital for Children and three years later, she remains cancer free.

“So we can’t do enough to support Rileys,” Gensinger said.

The ride has been an annual event since 1994. In the four years they’ve been riding, Team Gensinger has raised $65,000.

On Sunday, Gensinger said they were also riding in memory of Lilly’s uncle, Mike. He’s the one who had planned on riding for Lilly. Tragically, months before their first ride, he was killed.

Team Gensinger said they enjoyed riding to honor Mike and for Lilly’s future.

“We feel so fortunate just to watch her everyday – grow!” Gensinger said.

So far, the Miracle Ride has raised more than $4 million for Riley. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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