WILLIAMSPORT — More than 100 bikers came together Saturday afternoon at the Horsepower Harley Davidson along East Third Street in Williamsport.
Dozens of men and women joined together to raise money for Cpl. David Noblit of Selinsgrove.
Noblit is a United States Marine Corps veteran. He did a tour in Iraq shortly before heading to Afghanistan in 2010.
Oct. 21, 2010 Noblit stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). He lost both of his legs and sustained major injuries to his left arm.
“After the first couple of months when you’re thinking life can’t get any worse, it gets better,” Noblit said.
Noblit is in a wheelchair today. He said despite the circumstances he has been faced with, he still lives an active lifestyle.
Noblit’s family members said the accident was tragic, but they are lucky he’s still alive.
“It’s been an emotional roller coaster since day one. I’m just glad things are turning out the way they are and he’s got all kind of support behind him,” David Noblit, Sr.
Organizations like the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association are standing behind Noblit. The organization decided to sponsor the bike ride nearly a year ago.
“He’s our brother, all of us veterans are brothers. Any of us will do what we can to help out our brothers. Anybody who served this nation whether it be in the time of peace or the time of war, we as veterans have always pulled together to help each other out,” said James Hotchkiss of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
Noblit said he’s still humbled by the community support.
“I’m kind of speechless when I see a turnout like this and like I said, it means everything in the world,” Noblit said.
Organizers said money from the ride will go toward a new house Noblit is having built in Elysburg. Due to his severe injuries, it will cost nearly $400,000 for the entire house to be handicap accessible.
Noblit said he’s been waiting for a new place for his wife and son, and is counting down the days until he can finally call a place “home”.
“I will be able to do things myself. I will be able to do everything. It’ll give me a whole sense of independence that I can’t wait to have,” Noblit said.
Noblit said down the road he is hoping to get prosthetic legs so he can walk again.
He looks forward to the day where he can hop on a trike and ride with his fellow veterans.