Annual ride and drawing help baby and her family

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Four-month of River Ann Izer, who has problems with her heart and breathing, and her family will be helped by the Greencastle Legion Riders' annual motorcycle ride and drawing this year.

The Greencastle American Legion Riders' 15th annual Ride for Kids and Kids Benefit Drawing on Saturday, July 28, will benefit a local baby with medical issues regarding her breathing and heart.

River Ann Izer, now 4 months old, is the daughter of Hunter and Mercedes Izer.

"She was born a month early at 36 weeks. When she was born she had TTN, and her lungs had filled with fluid," says information provided by the family.

TTN or transient tachypnea of the newborn causes very fast or labored breathing, according to

"She had to stay in the NICU and we left Chambersburg five days later. Once we got her home she started not breathing more than a handful times a day so we stayed at Chambersburg for five days until Hershey had a an opening. When we got to Hershey, we found out that she had a hole in her heart and suffers with upper and lower GI issues and she also has Tracheobronchomalacia."

"Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is a rare condition that occurs when the walls of the airway (specifically the trachea and bronchi) are weak," says

The fundraiser gets under way with the Ride for Kids. Registration will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373 on South Carlisle Street. Ride registration is $10 per person.

The ride will end at the Greencastle Legion Picnic Grounds, 4775 Williamson Road, where the fundraising continues with the Kids Benefit Drawing.

The gates open at the Legion Grounds at noon and the money drawing will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets to the drawing are $10 each and include food and refreshments, as well as music by the band No Limit.

"The American Legion Riders of Post 373 have chosen children within the community in need of financial support due to medical necessity," says the event flier. "Your support and generosity will not only help their families, it will give the children a much needed boost in morale.

For information, call Bob "Ghost" Costa, the ride's founder, at 717-372-7983; Allison Pastore at 717-977-6969; or Post 373 at 717-597-9954.