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Local grandpa rides motorcycle 11,000 miles for pediatric brain tumor research

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Peoria, IL (WEEK) - 60 days, 11,000 miles and 11 hospitals later, a local grandpa returns from his mission to raise awareness and funds for pediatric brain tumors.

The final stretch of Jim Clarahan's ride led him to OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois on Wednesday.

For the last two months Clarahan's been riding his motorcycle across the country for Drayson, his two-year-old grandson. He says the most difficult part was navigating through large cities to talk with colleagues and doctors, including in New York and Florida.

Clarahan says he's very involved with his grandkids, but the pandemic forced him to step back because of health concerns. So instead, he hit the road to talk with doctors and donors.

"What I'm looking to do and advocating for, is that they would include a condition called lipodystrophy, which is emaciation of the body, rapid loss of weight and body mass, included in the standard list of symptoms for pediatric brain tumors. We went seven months here in Peoria without a proper diagnosis of grandson's condition," said Clarahan.

Drayson is just one of four children in the world diagnosed with lipodystrophy associated with a cancerous brain tumor.

Ride4Dray has already raised over $151,000, according to Clarahan.

Jenise Rebholz

Evening Anchor, Heart of Illinois ABC
@JeniseRebholzTV

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