Car and bike show coming to Baton Rouge to help support development of cancer medication for children

BATON ROUGE— A car and bike show being put on by the Rylan Strong Network to support the development of cancer medication for children is making its way to Baton Rouge this weekend. The event aims to support cancer research and assist families with children battling cancer. 

Todd smith is a member of the Rylan Strong Network and recently shared that there would be a first of its kind in the car and bike show in Louisiana.

The show is scheduled for June 22, 2024 at the Harley Davidson store in Baton Rouge (Mike Bruno’s Freedom Harley off of Siegen Lane.). The show starts at 11 a.m.

The Rylan Strong Network, established in 2021, honors Rylan Pruitt, who was diagnosed with a rare childhood brain cancer. His diagnosis marked only the 51st case in the nation, highlighting the rarity and the severity of his condition. Rylan faced numerous obstacles, including insurance issues. 

Smith explained, “There’s only a handful of medications for children to treat cancer,” underscoring the urgent need for more research and better treatment options.

Smith tells UWK, “The insurance company refused to pay, even though Rylan did end up going to St. Jude later on for extensive treatment.”

Smith’s involvement in the cause is deeply personal and driven by empathy. As a member of the riding group Serving Souls, he and his fellow riders are committed to fundraising and community support.

 “We try to do fundraisers and help out in our communities,” Smith shared, showing how much they care about the cause at hand even though many may not live in the area. 

The emotional impact of this mission is profound for Smith. “I have two boys myself, and I just don’t know how I would react to losing one of my kids to cancer,” he said. 

His empathy extends to the children undergoing treatment.

“When you see them and they’re going through their treatments, they’re still smiling. They may be worn down, and they may be burnt out, but they’re still smiling, and they’re still fighting, and they’re still there.”

Through events like the car and bike show, the Ryland Strong Network aims to bring joy to these children and support their families.

“We do birthday parades and other events to lift their spirits,” Smith explained.

This car and bike show is another step in their ongoing efforts to make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer.

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