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Indiana bikers come together to honor dying man's last wish

A group of motorcycle riders in Indiana came together to fulfill a terminally ill cancer patient’s last wish: to hear a Harley one last time.

Stanley is a veteran and was an avid biker until he was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in February. This past week, Stanley’s health took a turn for the worse.

Stanley’s brother-in-law Michael Smith informed David Thompson, who took the liberty of organizing a group to help Jon Stanley hear the roar of a motorcycle before he passed away. A few hours Thompson posted details of the event on Facebook, more than 100 bikers gathered together to ride past Stanley’s house and grant his last wish.

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Stanley was brought down from the house and got to sit in a sidecar while the engines revved. Stanley’s wife, Brenda, told WBND, “that’s the last thing he heard, the revving, the bikes. I know he’s happy.”

Stanley passed away peacefully later that night. 

The funeral will take place on Saturday, June 24th. A bike and hurse will pull Stanley to his final resting place. A Go Fund Me has been created to help raise money to cover the costs of the funeral. Stanley wants to be buried next to his mother and father in South Bend. 

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