A family in Williams County has made a goal of raising awareness for organ donation.
The Crescent News reports that Kim and Kevin Oxender lost their 20-year-old son, Kaleb McLaughlin, on June 24 last year when the vehicle in which he was a passenger ran into a utility pole in Pioneer.
Because he was a designated organ donor, he helped more than 200 people with the transplantation of his tissues.
To continue to raise awareness of organ donation, friends and family members have organized the Kaleb McLaughlin Memorial Ride and Organ, Eye & Tissue Donation Awareness Day. The ride is hosted by Fire and Iron Station 84 Motorcycle Club. This year, it will begin on Saturday, July 26 at the Pioneer American Legion Post 307.
There will be a motorcycle ride, a silent auction and a cornhole tournament. The Donate Life Mobile Educational vehicle is coming and the Red Cross will be there doing a blood drive in Kaleb’s memory too.
The cost to participate is $15 for a single motorcycle rider and $5 for a passenger.
Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the day, there will be a 50/50 drawing as well as other drawings. Food will be served by North Central Local School’s FFA organization for a free-will donation.
For more information, go to www.kalebsridedonatelife.weebly.com