Burning rubber never felt so good as motorcyclists are invited to ride in the First Annual Benefit Toy Run initiated by Thornton Chiropractic Center of Brandon.
Taking place on Saturday, December 6, motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome to join the ranks of fellow bikers, taking off at 11 a.m. from Harley-Davidson/Buell of Brandon, located at 9841 Adamo Dr. S.R. 60 in Tampa, to help benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and Guardian Ad Litem. After the 30-mile ride, the motorcyclists will end their route at Thornton Chiropractic Center, located at 906 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon, around 12 Noon. Here, participants and residents alike can enjoy the sounds of the band Live Wire and the delicious spread of food catered by Oakfield Market, all for just $10 and a new, unused toy. Those who rode as a passenger on the bike only pay $5 and donate a new, unused toy as well.
Having had its hand in multiple philanthropic benefits in the past, some of which include the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO), LifeCare of Brandon (formerly Brandon Care Pregnancy Center), American Heart Association and Toys for Tots, the center is trying “to do something on a grander scale. It is now a full scale event,” comments Dr. Glen Thornton, a chiropractor for the past 21 years. Hoping for over 100 riders, he says, “We’ll see how it goes and have some fun with it.”
From 12 Noon-3 p.m., local businesses will be onsite as well, allowing attendees to network. Participants of the ride will also receive a commemorative T-shirt as well as a free consultation with Thornton where an examination and x-ray of their area in question will be administered at no charge. According to Thornton, this is a “patient appreciation event as well,” having held previous patient appreciation days where patients would bring in toys in place of payment in order to benefit both the patient and the Toys for Tots charity. Having been at its current location for the past 14 years, Thornton Chiropractic Center offers a variety of techniques to bring its patients to their optimal spinal health providing chiropractic treatments, rehabilitation, therapy and nutrition guidance. A member of the Florida Chiropractic Association, The Hillsborough County Chiropractic Society and the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Thornton, a Brandon resident, adds, “We provide customized care for every individual. I am a doctor who listens to them, that cares. It is this quality of care that leads to excellent results.”
If you would like to join in the festivities, please go online to www.brandonbackdoc.com, clicking on “Special Offer,” to register for the event. If you won’t be able to participate in the motorcycle ride or attend the networking event, but still want to participate in some way, feel free to drop off a new, unused, unwrapped toy to either Thornton Chiropractic Center, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m.-12 Noon, 3-6 p.m.; Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, or the Osprey Observer, open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, located at 900 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. Those who have a business are welcome to sign-up for the event until November 22. Spaces are available for the cost of $25, though no electricity or awning/tables will be provided. Sponsors are still needed as well. For more information, please call 685-7107.

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Carisa is a Senior News Reporter and Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer. When she's not at work, she continues to write, working on future projects; hangs out with friends and family, her best friend (aka her husband) and her four dogs.