NEWPORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Maxamillion McMahon says his sister and family mean the world to him. That's why, after his sister Meghan was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011, he decided he wanted to spread cancer awareness and do something meaningful for her, and other cancer patients.
McMahon hosted a fundraiser at the Masonic Temple in Newport on Friday, as part of an effort to raise $10,000 for Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The non-profit organization is dedicated to enhancing lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults and their loved ones, affected by cancer. The organization hosts a program called 4K for Cancer, where groups of students venture across America, offering hope and inspiration to cancer communities. McMahon is part of this effort and will travel from Maryland to Oregon, a 4,000 mile ride taking up to 70 days.
McMahon says he is also riding for seven other young adults in the West Canada Valley School District who have been affected by the disease, "It's overwhelming, the support I've received so far. It shocked me. I'm just really blown away," McMahon said. "I think it'll be a life changing experience."
He leaves June 1 and will be back August 9.