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9th Annual Dumon McCain Memorial Ride Helps Child with Leukemia with Over 130 Riders

BEDFORD - JUNE 13, 2022 - The 9th Annual Duman McCain Memorial Ride was held Saturday at American Legion Post #33 in Bedford. This was one of the largest turnouts ever with 130 bikers taking part in the charity ride and for a good cause.

The Charity Ride is to honor Dumon McCain who passed away in 2013, with cancer. The fundraiser supports families who battle cancer.

Archer Foist is at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital

This year's ride was to help Archer Foist who at 10 months of age is battling A.L.L. (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) . Treatment for Foist began at Riley Children Hospital in Indianapolis but was recently transferred to Cincinnati Children's Hospital where he will be a patient for an extended period of time.

What Is Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)?

Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. There are many kinds of cancer. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer. To learn more about cancer and how it starts and spreads, see What Is Cancer? Leukemias are cancers that start in cells that would normally develop into different types of blood cells. Most often, leukemia starts in early forms of white blood cells, but some leukemias start in other blood cell types. There are several types of leukemia, which are divided based mainly on whether the leukemia is acute (fast growing) or chronic (slower growing), and whether it starts in myeloid cells or lymphoid cells. Knowing the specific type of leukemia helps doctors better predict each person’s prognosis (outlook) and select the best treatment. Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “Acute” means that the leukemia can progress quickly, and if not treated, would probably be fatal within a few months. "Lymphocytic" means it develops from early (immature) forms of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. ALL starts in the bone marrow (the soft inner part of certain bones, where new blood cells are made). Most often, the leukemia cells invade the blood fairly quickly. They can also sometimes spread to other parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and testicles (in males). Some cancers can also start in these organs and then spread to the bone marrow, but these cancers are not leukemia. Other types of cancer that start in lymphocytes are known as lymphomas (either non-Hodgkin lymphoma or Hodgkin lymphoma). While leukemias like ALL mainly affect the bone marrow and the blood, lymphomas mainly affect the lymph nodes or other organs (but may also involve the bone marrow). Sometimes it can be hard to tell if a cancer of lymphocytes is a leukemia or a lymphoma. Usually, if at least 20% of the bone marrow is made up of cancerous lymphocytes (called lymphoblasts, or just blasts), the disease is considered leukemia.( Source American Cancer Society)

Archer loves music, Bluey cartoon, and Monster Trucks.

Foist has a big sister named Aria who is 4 years of age, His parents are Abby ( who was formerly from Mitchell) and Andy Foist. They live in Fisher's Indiana. Due to the hospital stays, the family only has one income.

" It was great to be a sponsor of this year's event", said Barry Laird Pastor of the Paoli United Pentecostal Church in Paoli Indiana.

In addition to the bike ride the American Legion had a breakfast, and 50/50 Auction at Buffalo Wings & Rings in Bedford.

Keep track of Archer's journey by clicking here.


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