Cyclists will 'Ride the Gorge' in effort to beat sarcoma

PORTLAND, Ore. - Hundreds of cyclists, many traveling from around the country, will meet up in Hood River this weekend to support a cause that honors a young boy who died after a battle with sarcoma.

Jackson Hill was a vibrant 12-year-old who loved life and lived it to the fullest. But his life was cut short by a rare cancer that is often referred to as the 'Orphan Disease' because there is little to no money for research.

As a tribute to Jackson, and a way to raise money to find a cure for sarcoma, his parents started a grassroots fundraiser called Jackson's Ride the Gorge.

This Saturday, cyclists will ride through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge to support the family and their cause. Cyclists have the option of riding 25, 50 or 100 miles.

The money raised from the ride will benefit the Jackson Hill Wellness Center at Randall Children's Hospital. The center helps out families who spend countless hours in the hospital by their children's bedside by giving them a place to recharge and still be near their child.

"Giving back to others is why we did this," said Melissa Hill, Jackson's mom. "We love this hospital."