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Durham woman, 96, fulfills lifelong wish

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DURHAM, N.C. -

A 96-year-old Durham woman only had one regret in her life.

"That I never got to ride a motorcycle," said Gerta Campen.

But Campen got that chance Friday.

A high school student recently interviewed Campen for a biography project and learned of Campen's long-overdue wish.

Campen said she's wanted to ride since growing up in Wilmington, watching the sheriff's deputies ride motorcycles.

The non-profit Linkability contacted "Bull City Riders" to make a short, slow, and safe ride possible for her.

"We weren't going fast, cause the wind was blowing, made it feel a little faster. I'd like to go a little faster, but it was great. I just loved it," Campen said.

A dozen students from Durham Public Schools' Durham Performance Learning Center spent part of their day interviewing people at the Durham Center for Senior Life for Linkability's biography project.

Through a grant from Generation United and the AARP Foundation, the students plan to compile the short biographies into a book to be published next year.

It's an inter-generational effort for people of different ages to get to know one another.

Four of the students will go to a leadership conference in Washington in January thanks to AARP.

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