Over 50 motorcycle riders took part in the Lansford American Legion Rider's 50-mile ride recently to benefit Rob Marrero, who suffered a paralyzing neck injury in May while playing for the semi-pro football team Mountain Top Reapers.

Marrero is a 2000 graduate of Panther Valley High School and still resides in Coaldale.

"We were surprised to see the great response despite only having two months to put this together," said Larry Wagner, vice president of the Legion Riders.

"We've never had a turnout like this before," added Joseph Butrie, president.

Rob's wife, Carrie was also surprised and greatful.

"I'm touched by all of this. I can't wait to show Rob the photos," she said.

Rob is currently undergoing continued treatment in a hospital in Philadelphia for the next two weeks.

Organizers stated their appreciation to all the riders and local sponsors, such as Sharpe's Dogs and Deli, Lansford, who donated supplies and refreshments. American Legions participating in the benefit ride were Catasauqua, Lansford, Lehighton, Slatington and others.

A rider, only known as "Stumpy", who is disabled and traveled from New Jersey to take part in the benefit, said the event was "to celebrate a good cause with fellow veterans," he said.