Bike Race Supports Brain Cancer Patient

1-4 bike kidMEDFORD, Ore. – About 60 local cyclists are teaming up to raise money for an 11-year old athlete who was diagnosed with brain cancer.

The New Year’s Revolution fundraiser and cyclo-cross event kicked off Saturday morning at the Cedar Links golf course in Medford.

The 11-year old, Alex Shepherd, has been cycling since age nine, but was diagnosed with brain cancer in April and given two to five years to live.

This past June he received his latest of multiple brain surgeries, and spent the rest of the summer on chemo and radiation.

His parents say they’re grateful for the support and to see him on his bike.

“It seemed like every corner we turned it was more bad news after more bad news,” said Alex’s father, Dan Shepherd. “We’re just thankful we have him today and he’s out here riding his bike and doing what he loves to do.”

The race raised more than $2,000 worth of to pay medical expenses for Alex.