A video of nearly 30 bikers in jeans and leather vests queuing up at a young girl’s lemonade stand is a pretty remarkable sight on its own. But the heartwarming story behind this seemingly dichotomous moment is what’s pushed the footage to go viral. It involves the girl and her mother helping several of the motorcyclists out after an accident last year, and the resulting, enduring bond.
“Best lemonade in the state! Last year my daughter and granddaughter pulled up on a motorcycle accident that involved several of the men and women of this group,” reads a Facebook post of the video, from Denver, Ind. “Ever since then they’ve been so wonderful to my family. Today they came by for lemonade to surprise my granddaughter.”
It was Sept. 2, 2018, when Daryn Sturch, a nurse, and her daughter Bryanne, came upon an accident involving several motorcyclist from a crew called the Milwaukee Iron. Sturch quickly jumped into action, likely saving lives in the process.
“I stayed with them and did the best I could to triage them and keep them awake and calm,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle, adding that all five bikers involved in the crash had sustained fairly “gruesome” and “severe” injuries.
After the accident, Sturch, 37, began receiving an outpouring of thank you messages from some of the bikers associated with the Milwaukee Iron. The bikers sent Sturch updates on the recovery of those who had been injured, and have kept in touch with her ever since.
Fast forward to nearly a year later, when Bryanne, 8, decided to set up a lemonade stand to raise money to buy equipment for her horse. Her mom announced the sale on Facebook,.
A biker saw the post and commented, asking if there would be a good place to park motorcycles if some of the club members were to stop by. But Sturch never expected to see the crew of nearly 30 bikers rumble over to the stand.
“My daughter could not believe it and was over-the-moon excited,” she says. “She thinks they are the nicest people in the world.”
The stand also provided a place for reunion between Sturch and the motorcyclists she’d aided, some of whom she had not seen since the accident.
“I didn’t realize the bikers who I’d helped would be at the stand, so seeing them again was extremely overwhelming,” she says, noting that the moment she reconnected with a rider called Lumpy brought tears to her eyes.
“I remember trying to help him and him telling me ‘I’m fine hun, I want you to go check on and take care of the girls.’ He was more worried about the girls who were injured than anyone else,” Sturch recalls. “I’m so thankful they are doing so well.”
As the video of the bikers at Bryanne’s stand racks up thousands of views on Facebook, Sturch has high hopes for a meaningful takeaway.
“It is important to me that people understand that good people are all around us,” she says, “and that just because someone doesn’t look or dress the way you do doesn’t mean they don’t have the same core values.”