(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A Lawrenceburg Police officer will take part in a grueling bike ride to help raise money for a cause close to his family.
Jesse Markland suffers from a
rare disease called neurofibra-
Rodney Markland’s five-year-old son Jesse suffers from a rare disease called neurofibromatosis, or NF. The illness which causes painful tumors throughout the body, usually around the brain or within the nervous system, strikes one in every 3,000 births - more than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Hungtington’s disease combined.
Markland will be part of a relay team riding 100 miles in blazing heat as be participates in the NF Endurance Hotter’N Hell 100 bike race in Wichita, Texas on Saturday. The event is organized by the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Rodney and two other team members began the drive to Texas from the Markland’s Lawrenceburg home Thursday morning.
Money raised from the event goes to help fund NF research which may someday lead to a cure.
Read more about Jesse Markland at http://www.active.com/donate/racing4research2011/JMarkland.
Rodney Markland (left) and Hotter'N Hell 100
teammate Steve Kendra prepare to leave Thurs-
day for the fundraising event in Texas.