Dozens of motorcyclists raise money for Sarah McLevish

FRANKLIN,Ind. (WISH) — Saturday morning dozens of motorcyclists rode through the streets of Franklin to raise money for Sarah McLevish. McLevish suffered a serious brain injury this past summer, during a swimming accident in the Big Blue River. Two of her friends died trying to save her.

Riders gathered at Franklin Community High School and rode throughout the town, led by a motorcycle waving a flag that read “When Sarah Smiles.”  Ever since the accident, the Franklin community has stood by all five families involved in the accident –showing support with blue ribbons scattered around town, numerous fundraisers and a special ceremony at Franklin’s home opener. 

“It is amazing. I mean the people that have literally come out of the woodwork and just helped us, I couldn’t have asked for better people,” said Sarah’s mother, Bobbi Hubbard.

Sarah’s recovery has been difficult, but her mother remains determined.

“She’s hanging in there, she’s a little bit of progress at a time…starting to hold her head up a little bit more, being a little bit more alert,” said Hubbard.

Thousands of people around the country are following McLevish’s journey online. Several of them have children who suffered similar injuries, and find encouragement in Sarah’s progress.

“Keep pushing. Don’t take no for an answer…just gotta keep going. You can’t give up and you can’t give in. You just got to keep pushing,” said Hubbard.

All proceeds from the motorcycle ride will go toward McLevish’s medical expenses and a wheelchair van. To donate click here. 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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