Motorcycle ride to benefit terminally ill Topeka resident, his family

Friends are hosting a fundraiser on Saturday for Greg Hasselman, who was born with a rare heart condition and is terminally ill, and his wife, Melanie, and 1-year-old daughter Addyson. The money will be used to pay for medical expenses that aren't covered by insurance.

Friends are hosting a fundraiser on Saturday for Greg Hasselman, who was born with a rare heart condition and is terminally ill, and his wife, Melanie, and 1-year-old daughter Addyson. The money will be used to pay for medical expenses that aren't covered by insurance.

There will be a motorcycle ride and bike show Saturday for Topeka resident Greg Hasselman, who was born with a rare congenital heart condition.

Hasselman, 25, has undergone several life-sustaining procedures. He was scheduled for a heart and liver transplant, but during a recent trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., doctors determined he also needed lung transplants. They gave him a life expectancy of six to 12 months and are now working to control his pain.

Friends have organized the event to help his family — wife, Melanie, and 1-year-old daughter Addyson — pay for medical and end-of-life expenses.

The motorcycle ride begins at noon at Harley Davidson in Topeka, 2047 S.W. Topeka Blvd. The route includes Meriden, Perry and Tonganoxie and ends at Slow Ride Roadhouse in Lawrence, 1350 N. Third St., where the bike show will follow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There also will be live music, prizes and a silent auction.

For more information, visit greghasselmanfund.webs.com or email Michelle Barnes at michelle.barnes@snco.us.

Tagged: heart condition, terminal illness

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