Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Win a 2005 Custom Chopper & Support the Abby Lou Foundation

Written by  September 30, 2005

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Joiner, the chairman and CEO of the Abby Lou Foundation. We met up and discussed a possible team effort to get the word out that they are raffling off a 2005 custom chopper built by Tom Talley of Hawg Wyld Cycles. When I heard this, I immediately wanted to know more. Paul told me the purpose of the Abby Lou Foundation is to lend a helping hand to families by helping to pay medical expenses associated with their child’s disability. They accept applications, and upon approval they contact the families and discuss what the foundation can provide to them. In some cases, the Abby Lou Foundation pays 100 percent of their expenses. Applications are reviewed and decisions are made based upon the family’s current insurance coverage and financial situation. Even if a family has insurance, they are still eligible, as the costs of deductibles and co-pays can be astronomical.

The Abby Lou Foundation is a non-profit organization and was formed by Paul and Nicole Joiner whose daughter Abby Louise was born with hemiplegia. Hemiplegia is a condition where a vertical half of a patient's body is paralyzed, i.e., one arm and its corresponding leg do not function. Cerebral palsy can also affect one hemisphere, resulting in limited function. Abby has undergone numerous doctor visits and has had surgery on her eyes to correct vision problems associated with her condition. Abby is now 2½ years old and will undergo more surgeries throughout her adolescence. While they did have insurance, the deductible and co-pays associated with Abby’s treatments were really adding up. Upon numerous visits to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and witnessing the struggles and strains that families have in caring for their children, Paul and Nicole formed the Abby Lou Foundation in an effort to assist these families. We all know when it comes to our kids there is nothing we wouldn’t do to help. Each and every day that goes by, more and more people are having trouble making ends meet. Throw huge doctor bills and all that stress in the mix, and you can see why this is such a positive foundation.

In an effort to raise money for this worthy cause, raffle tickets are being sold for this custom chopper that will be given away in December 2005. Paul asked me to help transport the motorcycle to various bike night locations and events throughout the Kansas City area until the drawing in December.

This custom is loaded with a 2005 96ci EVO motor built by Rob McCass, a 6-speed transmission, mono-shock suspension, four-piston PM chrome brake calipers, Arlen Ness inverted fork front end, surgical steel Monoglide frame, PM Forged Hustler wheels, Carlini bars, Mirage mirrors, Pro 1 wiring harness, 3-inch dome risers, 200 mm rear tire, ISO grips and ISO pegs, Kuryakyn headlight, Kuryakyn silver bullet signals, and Panther 1-inch rear belt. The chopper was painted by Chris Talley of Lee's Summit, Missouri.
The Abby Lou Foundation has also enlisted the help of Sprint car drivers such as Brian Paulus, Brandon Wimmer, Cody Geldart, Peter Murphy, Brandon Gray and Will Bevan. All of the drivers assist the foundation in bringing awareness to the Abby Lou Foundation, fund raising as well as donating their time in making hospital visits to children and families. We appreciate their efforts, and if you would like a signed fan card from any of the drivers mentioned above, please do not hesitate to ask us.
I want to say I have personally found that this custom bike built by Tom Talley is top notch and runs absolutely flawlessly. Tom and Chris Talley outdid themselves on this bike, and I am proud to help the Abby Lou Foundation with their raffle, which will benefit so many and has truly touched my heart.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online at www.abbylou.org/Chopper.aspx or you can contact Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a list of locations and times where the bike will be displayed.

By Dave Miller