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Motorcycle fundraiser to help young burn victim

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Albany/HV: Motorcycle fundraiser to help young burn victim
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Hundreds of bikers hit the road to raise money and also honor one little girl's courageous fight. Five-year-old Sa'fyre Terry has been recovering in the hospital since May after a house fire killed her father and three siblings. YNN's Maria Valvanis updates us on her progress and how these cyclists are hoping to help.

FULTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- "Losing her father and her siblings was really hard, but I have a great support system helping me get through this so I can be there for my daughter," said Jennica Duell.

It's been three months since the Schenectady house fire that killed a father and three young children. Police charged Robert Butler, 27, with intentionally starting that fire and on Sunday, hundreds of motorcyclists came out to show their support for the sole survivor, five-year-old Sa'fyre Terry.

Duell said, "She's moving a lot more now. She can shake her head yes and no, but she can't talk. They're working on that."

Duell says her daughter is still in the hospital recovering. She has severe burns on 95 percent of her body and doctors had to remove one of her hands.

"We love to ride and I think if you ask anyone here, they'll tell you they love to ride and we all want to do what we can to help," said Kim McFarlane.

Described as the girl whose smile lights up the room, family friend Roger Steele organized this joy ride to raise funds for the little fighter.

"I know she is going to need expensive surgeries in her life for prosthetics and stuff. Whatever she wants to use the money for, she can. If she wants to blow the money at Wal-Mart, I don't care. It's all her money," Steele said.

And whether cyclists know the little girl or not, they say helping her down the road to recovery is the perfect reason to hop on their bikes.

Fred Synder said, "I read about it in the paper and, you know, it's a good cause and a good time."

"I like to support all kinds of causes and any girl left alone shouldn't be left alone, so we're all here to support her," Gregg VanGelder said.

Anyone unable to attend the ride but would like to donate can do so at any local SEFCU branch under the "Terry Family Fund."

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