Riders show support for Army veteran paralyzed from the neck down

Chris Allison (WRDW-TV)

Chris Allison (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, July 26, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The local motorcycle community is giving back to a man who gave so much.

An Army veteran who then went into the Coast Guard is visiting Augusta, but not because he wants to. Now, a group of riders are making him feel at home.

He cannot move, but Chris Allison's story will move you.

"He has two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star," explained his wife, Sharon Allison. "He was a rescue swimmer, he saved many lives."

He cannot talk, so his wife will talk for him.

"We're practically newlyweds. We were married, it was two months," she said. "Then was out on his motorcycle one day and a woman hit him."

A month or so after the accident in Douglasville, he ended up at the Augusta VA hours from home.

Sharon has been the only one by his side since he came here until Thursday night.

"I ride with the Christian Motorcycle Association," said David Kiser. "It's one of the things God has called us to do."

Kiser and his fellow riders don't know Sharon and they don't know Chris, but then again, they do.

"That's what we're here for. We're one big family," Kiser said.

Suddenly, Chris and Sharon are not alone.

"It means everything, just that Chris is not forgotten," Sharon said. "It's also sad for him because he wanted to do this, too, to ride for people."

Instead, all he can do is listen and look out his window.

"When we go out, there's no guarantee we're coming back because people in cars don't watch out for us," Kiser said.

So they watch out for each other, and through the window, you can see them pray for each other.

Unfortunately, it's a ride these bikers will have to do again, but they will, for anyone on a two as they call it, because they believe this is their calling.

Chris can't say thank you himself, but a sign in the window saying "thank you riders" says it all.

Chris is paralyzed from the neck down and has to be on a breathing tube. The woman who hit him is in jail facing felony charges.

His wife is asking you this when you get behind the wheel, slow down, turn down your radio, get off your phone -- it's not worth it.

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