Hundreds of bikers help York teenager celebrate birthday


(WHTM) – Hunter Leisenring turned 16 this week and his mother planned a surprise birthday party, but she had no idea it would turn into a block  party.

Larry Julius is the president of the Shiloh American Riders Post #791. He was contacted by a friend of the Leisenring family, who told him that Hunter liked motorcycles.

Hunter was abused when he was 2, by his mom’s boyfriend. Hunter suffered brain damage, and will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

His mom says that her son always talks about motorcycles. “He will never drive a car on his own, or a motorcycle, said Leisenring, “But he might be able to take a ride on a motorcycle.”

Julius told a few biker organizations about Hunter, and the interest continued to grow to make his birthday special. “People kept reaching out,” said Julius, “And on Friday, more than 200 bikers from as far away as Maryland showed up.”

The bikers drove past Hunter’s York home, waiving at him, while he waived back, with a smile on his face. Hunter got a chance to ride in a sidecar that was attached to a motorcycle. His mom says this will be a birthday he will never forget. “All this support from stranger, was overwhelming,” said Leisenring, “I will never forget his reaction.”

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