CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) - Many got on their bikes in hopes to kick cancer, the popular fundraiser 24 Hours of Booty ended on a high after surpassing its 1.7 million dollar goal.
Many teams raising those funds like Team Camden. It’s their 9th year at 24 Hours of Booty. Steve Kidler says the ride started as therapy for him.
"When I first started doing this, it was all about me. It was a selfish, I needed support, or my family actually needed support," Steve Kidler said.
His son Camden died from Acute Myeloid Leukemia at four months old. He only lived for 160 days. While it's a tragic end, Kidler has found a way to use that pain to help others.
"Every event that I do and when I can share his story, when his story can affect someone else or inspire someone else, I take that and I use that as a memory Camden helped create. So, can I take him to the baseball field, can I throw the ball with him? No, but are we still creating memories? Absolutely!" said.
Kidler is also creating memories for others. He has families put names of their loved ones on the corresponding three bikes from Team Camden. They are appropriately named, Memory, Battled and Survivors.
"Anybody that has a loved one that they want to honor, they would like to remember, can give us that name and we can put it on our bikes and symbolically they'll ride with us," Kidler said.
While many take turns during the 24 hours, Team Camden has a very specific rule for a very special reason. They ride 160 miles, for every day Kidler’s son lived and no one sleeps.
"The last night our son was alive, I fell asleep and so at first it started as guilt obviously and I tried to turn that into something more positive,” Kidler said. "It's hard staying awake for 24 hours. It's hard riding 160 miles and it's really hard to do both.”
While it’s hard, the team remind themselves, other are going through chemo and are in much more pain and 24 hours is something they can do to help others.
"I'm glad I'm able to turn what was therapy for me, into support to other," Kidler said.
While the event is over, you can still donate by going to the 24 Foundation. Funds go to current survivors and people currently fighting cancer.