Friday, October 1, 2021

Childhood Cancer Road Ride for Londyn

                                             friend and sheriff deputy, Ruth

250 = number of Side by Sides and ATVs in attendance
500 = number of people in attendance
700 = number of meals served
$170,000 = amount of money raised
4 = age of Londyn, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
limited = number of days Londyn has left on this earth

just a very small amount of Side by Sides and ATVs lined up, ready to start the event

Jason and I purchased our first Side by Side just a few months ago.  We've taken it on trail rides at the campground.  But last weekend was our first to take it and attend a Poker Run.  A sheriff's deputy that I dispatch for brought up the event info and invited us.  Jason and I made plans to go and brought along two of our friends for the ride.

Tammie and David posing inside a phone booth that was randomly tied up to a pole alongside a gravel road

The Poker Run took place in Durham, Missouri.  The 35-mile ride was taken along gravel and blacktop, with four stops along the way to draw cards.  During part of the ride we had to wear sunglasses and face masks to keep from inhaling all the gravel dust.  We were covered head to toe in gravel dirt by the time it was all said and done.

Although we didn't stay for the auction portion of the event, we did purchase homemade meals of fried chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, cheesy potatoes, and mac & cheese. 

me and Tammie enjoying the ride

The Poker Run is an annual event, benefitting one child battling cancer.  This year it was for a 4-year old girl named Londyn.  I don't personally know her but her story touched my heart and humbled me pretty quickly.  She's been through more in four years than almost any of us have in our entire lifetime.

Londyn was diagnosed with Brain Cancer a year and a half ago.  She's had an umpteen amount of radiation, chemo, surgeries and treatments.  In fact, she's already had 29 rounds of radiation to the brain which is the maximum lifetime amount a person can have.  After all of this, a recent MRI and CAT Scan showed Londyn's masses have grown into her spine.  The diagnosis is terminal and she is now on hospice with just a few days left to go, according to the doctors.

Tammie lookin' like the Unabomber 

Londyn and her family were in attendance at the Poker Run.  "Faith Over Fear" is their motto.  Although they are very sad about the prognosis, they are very faithful and grateful.  

I was in utter awe at the amount of people who showed up to the event and the amount of money raised from a Midwest farm area.  The community rallied together for this family, and the amount of items donated for the auction were beyond anything I've seen for a fundraiser.

It's obvious that Londyn is very loved.  Although her life will be short-lived, she's already left an impact on so many people.


Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Wow that was an amazing fundraiser. It looked like fun too!

Heather! said...

I love how you and Jason do so many fun things to keep life interesting! I always enjoy reading about your adventures. ;)

But oh my goodness...I'm also crying a little over here about Londyn. I just can't imagine what that must be like for her family. It must take a lot of strength to face any of it, but the support from their community goes a long way to helping them find the strength they need, I'm sure. May God bless that child and her family.

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Sparkles and Lattes said...

What a great fundraiser. Looks like it was a lot of fun!!! And for a good cause.

An Apel a Day said...

These kinds of stories really hit ya. I'm glad it was successful.

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