Bikers give boy fighting cancer a birthday to remember

July 29, 2013

Gage Driskell of Parma is in the fight of his young life. He's battling recurring brain cancer.

You may recall when Parma came together to renovate his home in 2011.

Gage recently celebrated his 11th birthday, and this time a different community rallied around him - the Treasure Valley biker community. You see, Gage's birthday wish was to go on a motorcycle ride. Little did he know, dozens of bikers would show up to support him, and make his dream come true.

It was a day he'll always remember -- The best birthday ever.

Gage was in awe, watching biker after biker pull into his birthday party in Marsing.

Local biker hero Dwight Murphy made it happen, putting the call out in the close knit biker community.

"Gage is a little boy who just turned 11, he's fighting cancer, he's getting ready to go in for another fight," said Murphy. "We all know cancer sucks and we pulled together."

In addition to dozens of bikers to celebrate with, Gage got another special gift -- A leather vest signed by all the bikers who participated in the ride.

One by one, the bikers showered him with gifts, donations, and well wishes.

"We're blue collar, but we all dig deep," said Murphy to Gage. "In the biker community, all of us know that miracles do happen, and you're a miracle in our lives too."

For Gage's Dad, Jake Driskell, the outpouring of support meant the world. "It brought a tear to my eye, it's amazing seeing how well this community gets together to help kids like this out, especially the biker community."

After the gifts, well-wishes, and birthday song, it was time for Gage to take a ride.

"We've got a sidecar there, we're going to load him up so he's safe and we're going to take him into town," said Murphy. "He wants to go to Pojo's -- that's where the party is."

It was a day, and a ride Gage will never forget.

"I just want to say thank you all, and god bless, you guys have made all the difference in the world to Gage and me and our family," Jake Driskell told the bikers.

Right now, Gage is in Denver trying another new treatment. Donations from the community helped him get there.

For more information on Gage, and his fight, click here.


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