(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A local father will bike across the country and climb a mountain in order to raise awareness for the illness his son is battling.
Rodney Markland is a Lawrenceburg Police officer whose six-year-old son, Jesse, suffers from a disease called neurofibromatosis. NF is a progressive disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout his body, resulting in chronic pain and many other complications. It affects one in every 3,000 children in the U.S.
Rodney will participate this summer in the Race Across America, a bike ride from Oceanside, California to Baltimore, Maryland. He and three other NF parents with team RideNFor a Reason will depart on the 3,022 mile trek June 18.
He’ll also climb Mount Rainier near Seattle, Washington on August 3 with the NF Endurance Team.
This is just the latest instance of the Markland family doing what they can to raise awareness and money for NF. Those efforts have netted more than $100,000 for research and treatments.
“The Markland’s are truly a special family, as they’ve shown – already -- by raising an incredible amount and really helping to move NF research forward,” said George Orfanakos, president of the Children’s Tumor Foundation. “What Rodney is doing now represents yet another phase in this family’s remarkable quest to find treatments and a cure for NF.”
Jesse Markland suffers from a
rare disease called neurofibra-
Five years ago there were no clinical trials for NF. Thanks to the fundraising by the Markland’s and other families, there are now over 20. The hope is that those trials may one day lead to a cure.
A spaghetti dinner sendoff for Rodney Markland will be Friday, June 10 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dearborn Adult Center, 311 W. Tate St., in Lawrenceburg. Cost is $5 per person.
Learn more about Jesse Markland’s battle with NF at http://www.angels4jesse.com/angels4jesse.com/Welcome.html.