I told my wife Barb I was going to build a bike to be dedicated to Romy.
Tampa, FL (Vocus) March 4, 2010
Soldiers, veterans and first responders join forces to make a hero’s wish come true at Bike Week. The Post 911 Foundation along with such names as The Rolling Thunder, Defenders, Tampa Heat and The Special Forces Motorcycle Club, have been busy raising funds to create a custom motorcycle and sidecar that will be donated to severely wounded Green Beret, Romulo “Romy” Camargo, on March 4th in Daytona.
In 2008, Romy was shot during a firefight in the mountains of Afghanistan, leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. He is still recovering at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa with his wife Gabriela and their 2-year-old son Andress by his side. Over the past 18 months Romy has maintained a positive outlook on life and become a mentor for other wounded soldiers and families struggling to accept the difficulties of the recovery process. Despite his paralysis, Romy’s dream is to ride again.
And so it became a mission for many. Izzy Izquierdo, owner of Lefty Brothers Motorcycles in Fort Bragg, NC donated his spare time to design and build a custom motorcycle for Romy. “As soon as I left the hospital,” Izzy said, “I told my wife Barb I was going to build a bike to be dedicated to Romy.” Izzy and his team have created a one-of-a-kind bobber with an attached custom sidecar that Romy can roll his motorized wheelchair up into. It’s waiting in Daytona.
A host of current and former members of the Special Operations Command, law enforcement, fire department, and other local supporters will escort Romy March 4th as he travels from Tampa to Daytona. Registration for the ride begins 9am at Old Town Brandon Harley-Davidson. Kickstands are up at noon and the group will make stops at Orlando Harley-Davidson, Altimonte Springs Wing House and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson.
During a small ceremony at Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson, Romy will be presented with his new custom motorcycle. From there, they will be escorted by the Daytona Beach Police Department, through downtown Daytona Beach, to the Seminole Hard Rock Road House “Biker Fusion Party” at The Dog House Bar. Estimated arrival is 7:30pm.
Master Sergeant Scott Neil, a fellow Green Beret from the Interagency Task Force at the Special Operations Command and Maj Gen (ret) David Scott will make remarks at the Biker Fusion Party. The expected crowd for the presentation is approximately 3,000 people.
Funds to build Romy’s miracle bike were raised over the last couple of months by the Post 911 Foundation by holding poker runs and fundraisers within the Tampa community. These fundraisers supported the completion of Romy’s custom motorcycle and side car in time to grant his wish to ride into Daytona with the Special Forces Motor Cycle Club during Bike Week 2010.
About the Post 911 Foundation: The Post 911 Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to honoring and assisting first responders and veterans who have served our nation in the aftermath of 9/11. The foundation is committed to creating grassroots awareness, community support, and tangible assistance for members of the military, government, police and firefighter communities, as well as other great Americans who have answered the call to duty since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Actsoft Inc. of Tampa FL is a gold corporate sponsor of the Post 911 Foundation. To donate or research more visit http://www.post911foundation.org
Contact: Scott Neil