Lance Cpl. Tim Donley Seriously Wounded in Afghanistan
Scores of people lined up to greet and say thanks to LCpl. Tim Donley at Saturday’s “Bikers Recognition Day” that was held as a benefit for the wounded Marine in Barto. Donley was seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) on Feb. 9, 2012. He lost both of his lower legs and his right arm was severely injured. He is expected to be in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for at least another year.
It was a heartwarming event for a local hero. More than 400 bikers converged on Jake’s Market in Barto last Saturday for a fundraising event for 20-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Tim Donley.
A sea of motorcycles covered the parking lot around the entrance to the market on Route 100 for “Biker Recognition Day” where the Biker Church of Boyertown and several other motorcycle organizations staged the event to raise funds for the wounded Marine.
Jake’s Market donated the space for the fundraiser and the bikers did an impressive job of staging the event.
Donley was seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) on Feb. 9, 2012. He lost both of his lower legs and his right arm was severely injured.
Although Donley is currently being treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, his family brought him to Barto for a one-day visit at the event.
Led by an escort of about a dozen motorcycles, Donley arrived to find a mass of people lining the entrance to the market. Many were holding “Old Glory” up high and all of them enthusiastically applauding and cheering for the disabled veteran.
Once the procession came to a halt, Tim exited the vehicle and waved to the crowd. Then, with a contagious smile, he thanked everyone for their support. He then called the crowd to silence when he asked all military veterans to join him at the head of the gathering. Unselfishly, he called for a round of applause “for all of the veterans.”
People lined up to greet and welcome the hero – many with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts. Of the number of people on hand to welcome Tim, his father Glenn simply said, “This is beyond words.”
Glenn and his wife, Kathryn, are longtime missionaries who served many years in the Middle East. Tim is a graduate of the Whitman Academy in Amman, Jordan. Kathryn and Glenn, along with sons Gregg, 17, and Adam, 15, reside in Salford Township but are currently living near Bethesda, Maryland to be close to Tim. Glenn is originally from Trappe.
Tim has another brother, Phillip, 22. Tim and Phillip enlisted in the Marines under the “Buddy System” which allowed them to be together during the early part of their training. While Tim went on to active duty, Phillip chose the active reserves. After Tim was injured, Phillip, at his request, went into active duty and is currently assigned to the base at Quantico, Va.
The family expects Tim to continue rehab at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for another year. According to Glenn, “We don’t know what the future holds for him and anything that anybody pledges or gives goes directly to his bank account. He is working through this tragedy and trauma and he has a lot to learn yet and a lot to go through. It is for his future.”
It was the second annual motorcycle event held at Jake’s Market and this year organizers decided to use it to raise funds for Donley.
The Biker Church is located at Laurel Mountain Ministries, Poplar and Chapel roads, Boyertown.
According to Assistant Chaplain Linda Grill, the group of organizers decided to run the fundraiser for Donley this year when someone mentioned the injuries and challenges of the veteran. She added that, “The amount raised from Saturday’s event was still being tallied because checks are still coming in.”
Anyone wishing to contribute to Lance Cpl. Donley through the biker event can still do so. Make your check out to The Biker Church – Tim Donley Fund and mail it to the Biker Church, 14 West Fifth Street, Boyertown, Pa. 19512.