Updated: Wednesday, 06 Feb 2013, 9:49 AM EST
Published : Sunday, 14 Jun 2009, 6:57 PM EDT
LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's said, a friend in need is a friend indeed. Bikers take off from North Tonawanda for a ride to help former Buffalo Police Officer Patty Parete.
Patty's Friend, Ro Cieri,said "Today's run is to raise money for Patty and her ongoing heath care, and the Buffalo Animal Shelter which she has a love for."
Parete's life changed forever in December 2006. That's when shots fired by Buffalo teenager Varner Harris struck her and her police partner, Carl Andolina. Officer Andolina recovered.
"There's so much involved in being quadriplegic, I can't even tell you. There's just so much that she has the fight within her and she doesn't even know it," said Cieri.
One of Patty's passions was riding motorcyles. Patty wasn't able to attend this fundraiser. Her life partner, Maryellen Opalinski, who is also a nurse and providing around the clock care, explains what this all means.
"Just, just really touched. The heartfelt outpouring of genuine love and concern for Patty is never ending," said Opalinski
Patty wasn't here, but the bike she loved to ride was ridden by a good friend.
Cieri said, "A lot of people know her who are here. And a lot of people don't know her but they just want to give."
That's an indication the community's concern and caring when it comes to Patty, are constant.
Opalinksi said, "Just a smile a wink, a touch of the hand. It stills means a lot to the people of Buffalo."