Murder, sickness and a fire; an Oklahoma woman suffered losses from all three, in a matter of several months. Now, one biker community is rolling in to help.
“We hang together, we do everything together,” said David Dunn, owner of Margarita Island.
Margarita Island in northwest Oklahoma City is where they hangout, but on Sunday, they gathered to lend a helping hand.
“It's always good when you can have fun and do good things,” said Dunn.
Ride Oklahoma Charities collected money and hosted a special run for Wilda Thornton.
“Lost half of my family within four months apart,” said Wilda Thornton.
In July 2015, Wilda lost her husband to cancer. Then, four months later, her daughter Brandi was stabbed to death at the hands of her son-in-law, Cody Fish. Fish also burned down the home she had shared with her daughter.
“It's still a process, some days are harder than others but I’m adjusting,” Thornton said.
Thornton lived in her car for a while and got sick, having to spend about four months in the hospital.
Destined to move on, she now lives in a small camper on her granddaughter's property, but hopes to have a home of her own again real soon.
“You just cannot imagine what that woman is going through and she still has her head up, she's still smiling," said Eca Raylynn Sullivan with Ride Oklahoma Charities.
Thornton arrived all smiles and prepared for her first ride.
“This is exciting,” she said. “I mean this is really exciting. And I’m so blessed, I’m really blessed.”
They saddled up, started their engines and moved into position. Then the pack headed out east on NW 10 Street for the 110 mile ride.
“We just love it,” said Dunn. “You can't describe the feeling; you get to feel good about what you do.”
“It just really amazes me that people still have good hearts,” said Thornton. “This is good, this is a good day.”
More than $2,500 was raised in Sunday's ride. All proceeds from the charity ride went to Thornton.