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Motorcycle sale is man's last chance of survival

Posted at 10:18 PM, Feb 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-18 22:18:17-05

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Matt German is battling esophageal cancer and his treasured motorcycle is his last resort to pay off hefty medical bills. 

“Mentally I wanted to die, because I feel dead inside,” said German, describing the difficult battle the last four years has been since being diagnosed in 2014. 

After selling off a majority of his things, like his home up north, German is forced to sell his 2006 Bourget Dragon Rigid Chopper with the help of his daughter-in-law. 

"It’s detrimental to sell this bike. It’s really the last gripping straw to get him to the end of a very painful road,” said Kaylee Blackwell, German's daughter-in-law. 

Blackwell tells Fox 4 the bike is worth $70,000, but it's been difficult to sell even after taking the price down to around $24,000. She says most people around her can't afford to pay the high price tag, so instead she's raffling it off. Each raffle ticket is selling at $25 each. 

“It’s and ooh ahh thing. and nobody can really afford it so the raffle gives so many more people a chance to actually afford it." 

But even if the bike sells, the emotional toll of letting go of the past is an everyday battle for German. 

“I’m in the fourth quarter, I know that,” he said. "I keep fighting because I love my kids, but I know the end is soon.” 

If you are interested in donating or buying a raffle ticket, you can visit Bourget's Dragon Chopper Raffle's Facebook Page. Blackwell says 20 tickets have sold so far and the deadline is May 1st.