CLEVES, Ohio (WXIX) – A junior drag race was held at a sports park in Cleves on Saturday to raise money for the Kyler Strong Foundation.
Kyler Bradley, 10, died five years ago of an aggressive form of childhood brain cancer, DIPG. The non-profit organization was founded in Bradley’s memory to help find a cure, cause and prevent the disease.
His memory was still very much alive when dozens of drag racers took to the track.
There were raffles, t-shirts and more at the event. All proceeds donated to the foundation go directly to DIPG Cancer Research.
“The community here on the track, it’s like a family,” said drag racer Alyssa Eichelberger.
Eichelberger says she never knew Bradley, but a few years ago she got an idea when her parents organized a car show in support of Bradley.
Sadly, Bradley passed away days before the auto show was due to take place.
She is now asking the community to help fight childhood cancer.
“Even though Kyler in particular is not here, his spirit is still here, and his memory is still there, and all the children associated with it or who are dealing with the disease, it is in memory of him for to have a better chance than him of surviving,” Eichelberger said.
A similar fundraiser was held two years ago, raising more than $8,000 for the KylerStrong Foundation.
Eichelberger hopes to surpass that number this year.
“Everyone down here, they give a lot, they’re very willing to give their money for a good cause. All of these baskets have been donated by fellow racers of ours and just people in general,” Eichelberger said.
Although Kyler wasn’t there in person, his name and ghost were featured on t-shirts, banners, and even license plates.
Proceeds from the event went to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to help pediatric cancer research.
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