Motorcycle ride to benefit childhood cancer awareness

A benefit motorcycle ride to benefit childhood cancer awareness is planned Saturday.

Riders will gather beginning at 1 p.m. with kickstands up at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Upland Pump House in downtown Columbus and riding through Bartholomew and Brown counties.

The ride will conclude back at the Pump House to watch the bridge lighting gold Saturday night.

The event is being organized by Lynn Whittington, whose son Peyton died June 4, 2013 from a brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable tentacle-like tumor that encased his brain stem. Since Peyton’s death, Whittington has established Peyton’s Angels Indiana Chapter of The Cure Starts Now Foundation to raise money in her son’s memory to fund research to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer.

One of the stops along the ride with be Peyton’s gravesite, Whittington said, and riders are invited to bring a remembrance such as a flower or toy at the gravesite.

Saturday’s event will raise money for The Cure Starts Now foundation to fund research, she said. T-shirts will be available for $15 and there will be a 50-50 raffle.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.