Shortly before Christmas I pulled a brand new CRF125F out of my van and presented it to Logan, an 11 year old living with Burkitts Leukaemia. It was to be his to keep, along with a massive stack of safety gear, all thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NZ. The funny thing is, I think it was the people involved in making it all happen that were blessed the most.
All of us knew how awesome a thing it was to be given such a cool bike and gear. The hard thing for him would have been having such an excited audience, especially when I was determined to have him master the throttle and clutch before finally letting him loose. We hit something of a road block when he stalled a few times in a row, and it all could have gone pear shaped, but suddenly he clicked and from then on there was no looking back.
Logan’s brother and sister were next to have a go, which was especially cool for Logan’s sister. She now has two brothers who have had the attention of Make A Wish, with Zavier getting the chance to fly a helicopter a few years back, which jumpstarted him towards actually becoming a pilot. This was her chance to enjoy the experience, made even better with her boyfriend riding right along beside her.
But that wasn’t all as I asked if they wanted to join me in heading to a private motocross track that was nearby. They jumped at the chance. An hour or so later we were kicking up dust and dirt together with a small group of my friends, and you could tell that Logan definitely has what it takes to really get stuck into this sport. Even after they got home again he was basically riding until dark. The bug has well and truly set in, which we think is awesome.