Charity Ride for Kyle Smith

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

One Pike County community is rallying behind a sick young boy's fight with leukemia.

11 year-old Kyle Smith was diagnosed more than a year ago, but his spirit has inspired the people of Elkhorn City.

Brian Little has known Smith and his family for a long time, but still cannot imagine how tough this past year has been since his diagnosis.

"I can't imagine what this family and this young boy are going through," Little said.

He says the disease has weakened Kyle physically, but his spirit has never broken.

"He's a fighter, a survivor, and he keeps fighting," Little said.

Little says Kyle's fight has touched his heart, which is why he organized a charity bike ride to raise money for his family.

"There's so many of us that own bikes, and we love to ride. This gives us an opportunity to get out and do something like this for a wonderful child," Little said.

"It means a lot to me to see this many people here. You don't know how much people care until you see this many bikes," Billy Morton said.

Morton says he hopes the money helps, but knows Kyle needs more than that.

"I know money ain't everything. Thoughts and prayers mean a lot, and those will help him more than money," Morton said.

Even though Kyle was too sick to make it out, his family says he is thankful for all the support. They added he loved hearing the big engines roar in the park.

65 bikers rode in the charity ride, raising more than $2,000 the Smith family.

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