Over two dozen riders took to the hills and valleys of Schuylkill County during a 75-mile bike ride to benefit Chris Deem, 34. Deem, a longtime diabetic, was diagnosed with cancer in March and suffered an infection after being admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital. The infection traveled through his entire body, compromising his kidney function. Even though Deem had surgery to remove the cancer, doctors found the disease had spread, resulting in a softball-sized tumor at the top of his kidney. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy to shrink the tumor, and has needed blood transfusions to stabilize his blood count. Family and friends helped organize the ride. For more ways to help, follow related events on Facebook. John Oswald, key organizer, stated his appreciation to all the riders, sponsors and Andreas Sporting Club, where the event kicked off. In the above photo, the start of the ride departs from the Andreas Sporting Club in Andreas.
Bikers ride for Chris
Monday, July 23, 2012