Jackson's Ride the Gorge
Melissa and David Hill's son, Jackson Hill, passed away September 13, 2005 ending a nineteen month battle with osteosarcoma. Jackson was a valiant fighter, from the initial diagnosis when he was only ten years old, until finally succumbing to this insidious disease at twelve years of age. Jackson's battle was one of multiple treatments and surgeries. He faced rounds of chemotherapy, limb salvage surgery, lung metastases, leg amputation, two lung surgeries, and drug trials.
It is in tribute to Jackson, and the joy he found in cycling even while battling his illness, that Jackson's Ride the Gorge was founded in 2006. This ride has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring awareness of the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation and their efforts to support sarcoma research, patient advocacy and education. In honor of Jackson's love of sport, and to raise money in his name, funds from Jackson's Ride the Gorge will be donated to the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation with the hope that their work will help children and families in their own battles against cancer.
Funding for sarcoma research has taken on a new urgency due to federal budget cuts in 2007. A majority of sarcoma research trials have been eliminated, with no promise of funding for future research. This leaves sarcoma patients with no good alternatives for quality care as many of the chemotherapy protocols simply do not work on sarcomas.
To sign up for Jackson's Ride the Gorge click here.