A group of many ages recently rode bicycles in Lee’s Summit to raise money for Camp Kesem.
Camp Kesem is a LiveStrong sponsored camp that allows children affected by a parent’s cancer to escape that fear for a little while and have an opportunity to recognize and support their needs through a week-long camp.
Organized by Jeff DeVries, of Olathe, the group on June 8 not only raised money for the camp but also supporting an additional cause in honor of a young girl, Ryan Christian, who died from cancer in January. DeVries was a registered rider of the FatCyclist 100 Miles to No Where that raises funds for Camp Kesem.
DeVries along with 15 other riders together accumulated over 577.77 miles riding at Longview Lake. Derek DeVries, age 7, rode a few miles.
Ryan Christian died of a rare adrenal cancer and in her memory her family began the Team Ryan Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. DeVries, along with riders Todd McMickell and Toti Coruna had a private sponsor who donated money per mile for Ryan that they rode. They rode approximately 200 miles to raise a large sum for Team Ryan.
In addition to the ride, a silent auction raised additional funds for both charities at Next Door Pizza in Lee Summit. The auction raised more than $500 in funds and the restaurant donated 10 percent of all sales that day to Camp Kesem.