When one little boy from Rochester wanted to show his appreciation for the fallen first responders on the SouthCoast, his mother Kristi was right by his side as they developed the Kid’s Brotherhood Ride. On Saturday, June 12, Braydon Dion will hit the trail and hopes to have a pack of riders join him at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Around five years ago, Kristi Weigel’s brother, Andy Weigel, started the Brotherhood Ride of Southern New England, a group of first responders who ride their bikes hundreds of miles a day to honor the first responders they have lost. After Sergeant Sean Gannon passed away in 2019, her son Braydon was heartbroken and looking to give back. At the age of seven, Bradyon said to his mother, “I want to do my own brotherhood ride where I raise money for the kids and families of fallen first responders who lost their lives and have a hole in their heart.”

Kristi and Andy were quick to support Braydon’s wish of giving back, and the Kid's Brotherhood Ride was born.

This isn’t the first time that Braydon’s big heart was on display at such a young age. Weigel tells me that he kickstarted “Badges for Braydon” where he collects badges from all over the United States, allowing him to do a toy drive where he donated the toys to sick children in local hospitals.

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At the young age of nine, he has already achieved so much, being honored as a hero by the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins, but Braydon isn’t in it for the recognition. This young hero just wants to make a difference.

Braydon and his family need our help. This year’s ride is quickly approaching, but there are only two bike riders that have signed up: Braydon and his brother.

“I want to really get more kids so I can help these families,” Braydon said.

Courtesy of Kristi Weigel
Courtesy of Kristi Weigel

This year marks the second ride of what Braydon and his mother hope to host annually, where kids can sign up and ride their bikes around Old Colony Regional Voc-Tech and enjoy food, games, and music. In lieu of an entry fee, bike riders are asked to fundraise at least $25. All money raised will be donated to the families of fallen first responders who lost their lives in 2020, and all participants who register will receive a t-shirt designed by Braydon.

Let’s help Braydon make a difference for SouthCoast families that are mourning. A selfless boy like Braydon is few and far between, so help spread the word about his truly inspiring and fun event. Join up now or share it with someone who can.

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