Charity ride raises money for Seminole deputy who needs kidney

Funds will help Deputy Blayne Badura and his family

By Amanda Castro - Reporter/Anchor

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Hundreds of people woke up early Sunday to participate in a charity ride to benefit a Seminole County sheriff's deputy who needs a new kidney.

The group met in front of the Seminole County Justice Center and then rode to Lake Golden Park for a picnic fundraiser.
"We're here to support him and do what we can for him," one rider said.

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The riders say each mile is a chance to help a man who puts his life on the line to serve his community.

"And they don't get any credit sometimes, so this is fabulous that we're able to do this," biker Beth Steele said.

The Sheriff's Office, other law enforcement agencies, and even complete strangers all came together to help Badura.

"I don't need to know him personally. Just need to know that he needs our help. That's what we do; we support," said Mike Taylor, a biker and retired law enforcement officer.

A brotherhood in blue and a motorcade of bikers joined forces so Badura doesn't have to fight alone.

"It's amazing. This really touches your heart to see it," said Seminole County Deputy Sheriff Todd Moderson.

Badura says he is overwhelmed by all of the love and support. He tells News 6 the money raised will help his family when he finally gets a kidney transplant.

"I won't be able to work for two to three months so that means no overtime, no details. So I have to rely on the money from the fundraiser to get us through," Badura said.

For the riders, it is a small cost to pay, but helping Badura during this crisis is priceless.

"Good luck, Blayne, we love you!" biker Teri Grigsby said.

Badura says 15 donors have applied to see if their kidneys are a match. He is hoping to have the transplant surgery this summer.

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