Nearly 100 motorcyclists hit the road with a purpose on Saturday. Members of the Cleveland Warthogs Motorcycle Club were on a mission to make children at two local hospitals smile.
The Warthogs are a non-profit public safety motorcycle club made up mostly of police officers, federal agents, firefighters, EMS workers and corrections officers. On Saturday, they delivered smiles to children at two local hospitals.
“It makes the kids feel so special,” said Emily Rosenbaum, a child life specialist at MetroHealth Medical Center.
The motorcycle riders took part in the third annual Little Heroes Ride. They made stops at MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital. Some of the kids got a chance to leave the hospital, meet the riders and see the police gear up close.
“This is a way to give back,” said Tim Sopkovich, Chief of Police for the Brunswick Hills Police Department and president of the motorcycle club.
Giving back was personal for Sopkovich and his family. When he was just a baby, doctors at Metro saved his life.
“Life comes back full circle,” Sopkovich’s dad said. “It’s a beautiful day."