Saturday event raises funds to treat young 'cancer cluster' victims

FREMONT More than 100 motorcycles and antique cars paraded down Alexa Brown's cul-de-sac early Satur
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

 

FREMONT

More than 100 motorcycles and antique cars paraded down Alexa Brown's cul-de-sac early Saturday afternoon.

She wasn't feeling quite up to riding along.

The procession was part of a fundraiser for Alexa's family and the Hisey family as she and Tanner Hisey undergo treatment for cancer.

The Ride for Clyde, sponsored by the Church on 53 in Fremont, ended on the church grounds, where lunch was served. Proceeds from the event went to the families for medical expenses and anything else they need.

But the real support came from love and prayers the community shared with the families.

Tanner, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia, played with dozens of other children on inflatable bounce-arounds, distinguishable only by his bald head.

Alexa, however, would witness the event at home via pictures and video taken by her siblings. Doctors recently discovered a new tumor in the 11-year-old's brain.

Her father, Warren Brown, asked the families at the event to participate in a moment of silence for Alexa at 6:30 that evening.

"We have no other place to turn now," he said. He thanked the community for its support.

Tanner joined his family in asking the community to pray for Alexa.

Schiets Motor Sports in Fremont lent Warren Brown a motorcycle to ride in the procession.

"I've spent a lot of time riding motorcycles and the only time I ever cried is when I got a bug in my eye," he said. "But when I look in my rear-view mirror and see all those bikes, it brought tears to my eyes."