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Published September 18, 2011, 11:10 AM

Bikers Raise Thousands For Grand Forks Bar Manager Injured in Accident

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Motorcyclists from up and down the Red River Valley showed their support for a dear friend Saturday night.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Motorcyclists from up and down the Red River Valley showed their support for a dear friend Saturday night.

Sally Leddige was in a motorcycle accident about a month ago, and friends say it's now their time to give back to a woman who has helped so many.

"We got up Sunday morning to come home and we were out by Elgin and I was riding and all of a sudden, the next thing I knew I was in the ditch," Leddige said.

Leddige's 25th trip to Sturgis ended with a week in a Bismark hospital. Leddige crashed her motorcycle on the way home from the trip with her husband Tony.

She suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken collar bone, broken arm, and received stitches in her head.

But she says she feels blessed thanks to friends and family.

"I thought, 'I'm just Sally. I'm just another person that is in this world.' And my heart is so filled with love right now, I'm just, I tell you what, it's unbelievable," Leddige said.

Leddige has managed the Broken Drum Bar for six years. During that time, she has hosted countless benefits and bike runs with help from a group of friends called A Wing And A Prayer.

"I just try to do what I can for everybody, because I know people need help and I just never thought I'd be on the other side," Leddige said.

Around 300 bikes took place in the bike run and even more people showed up for the benefit.

Friends of Sally say they aren't surprised by the large turnout. They say Sally is the type of person who would lend a hand to anyone in need.

"She's the best. She'd do anything for you, for anyone. She's just that kind of person," friend Dennis Ellingson of Fargo said.

"We do it because Sally does all that she can for everybody. People should do the same for her," friend Everett Bauer of Grand Forks said.

Saturday's bike run had five stops and about 75 sponsors. The benefit featured a live auction, a silent auction, and a raffle.

Leddige says not only has the whole experience changed her life, but all the support has made her feel blessed.

"Yeah, I'm a lucky one. I've got a lot of living to do yet. I'm living that dream yet, man and I'm not going anywhere," Leddige said.

And her friends are thankful for that.

Leddige will be out of work for at least another month. The benefit raised tens of thousands of dollars to help with her medical expenses.

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