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Motorcyclists honor 'Spirit of a Hero'

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Hundreds of motorcyclists hit the roads of North Texas on Saturday to honor the “Spirit of a Hero.” 

Wounded Marine Staff Sergeant Marcus Burleson is still making an impact here, despite his injuries. 

The sight of his scars is enough to break anyone’s heart.  “A lot of us, we feel a little awkward when they call us heroes because we were just doing what we were supposed to be doing, just like everyone else,” says Sgt. Burleson.

But this celebration isn’t about what we can see on the outside.  “He's got the spirit of a hero. That's what stuck out to us,” said “Spirit of a Hero” president Rick Turner.  Supporter Heather Garrison agrees.  “He's out there doing everything he can to help other people as well as helping us help him… is what makes it incredible.” 

Sgt. Burleson was stationed in Afghanistan two and a half years ago when a bomb he was dismantling exploded.  He suffered extensive injuries, losing both arms, and the vision in his left eye. 

After more than a year in rehab, he’s getting support in a very big way.  It all started in Fort Worth.  More than 800 supporters got on their bikes, joining forces with the “Spirit of a Hero” organization.  They rode to honor Sgt. Burleson.  The support was seen along the stretch of I-35W and all the way into Dallas.  It was all to make a statement that even the toughest people still have the biggest hearts. 

“I'm standing here for all the guys that didn't come back. I'm standing here for all the guys we left in Arlington and all the guys that are in cemeteries all across the country. Those are my heroes,” said Sgt. Burleson. 

Organizers say more than $30,000 was raised to honor Sgt. Burleson on Saturday.   That money will go towards remodeling his home to make it more accessible for him and provide $2,500 scholarship for each of his three children.

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