Riding motorcycles and listening to live music this weekend could make life easier for a 3-year-old boy with leukemia.
The Bikers Helping Kids Foundation is holding a motorcycle run and swap meet in Central City Friday and Saturday to support Anthony Clark and his family, formerly of Johnstown. They now live in Indiana.
Anthony was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2011. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood, which develops in the bone marrow and is characterized by white blood cells that do not mature properly.
He is on maintenance treatment, which involves daily pills, monthly chemotherapy treatments and spinal taps every three months. Medical bills, frequent transportation to Pittsburgh and dietary needs are taking a financial toll on the family.
Foundation founder Clay Carroll said he is hoping to raise $15,000 at the event.
But Anthony's mother, Kristin Lotton, said she is most concerned about raising awareness.
She said six children are diagnosed with leukemia every day.
"People think 'It's never going to be my child,'" she said. "I kind of felt that way. All my kids were healthy. And then one day, it just hits you."
In the last month, Anthony spent about one week in the hospital, which was a good month for him. But his chemotherapy treatments are ruining his teeth. An appointment is scheduled to pull all his teeth Tuesday.
Lotton said emergency room visits are commonplace. His white blood cells makes him susceptible to sickness, and a common cold could be deadly.