ASHLAND, Ore. — Thousands of cyclists are stopping by Ashland participating in the 25th annual Cycle Oregon and helping raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
The Candlighters Ride for a Child is joining Cycle Oregon. Riders are starting in Bly and ending in Bly. By the time their journey is completed, they will have completed 500 miles.
Some of the riders have the name of an honored child on the back of their jerseys. This year, there’s seven sponsored children, two are from southern Oregon. One mother we spoke with says her son Cody was diagnosed with luekumia. He’s now in remission but is still fighting the cancer. She says Candlighters has helped her family tremendously.
“It’s just such an honor to have Cody honored this year with the Candlelighters they are just amazing. They’ve been an amazing part of our lives. We wouldn’t have made it through these last couple of years without them,” says Leah Telles.
Candlighters started with founder Dick Hartung. His daughter was diagnosed with cancer at age 5 and unfortunately, she passed away. He started raising money through Cycle Oregon by representing his daughter. The fundraising efforts transitioned into what Candlighters is today.