GARFIELD, N.J.– Participants in the fourth annual Riders for Rare Diseases Bike Run in Garfield will raise money for the Let Them Be Little X2 Foundation .
The money raised goes towards children battling rare diseases, a few of whom will be the day's "superheroes," according to founder Jeff Leider.
The foundation was originally created for two Elmwood Park brothers – 9-year-old Jason and 7-year-old Justin – with a genetic disease called MPS II or Hunter Syndrome, which often results in a greatly shortened lifespan. Most children with it do not reach age 15.
The ride is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sept. 25. It will feature a police escort.
Riders will meet – and finish – at Applebee's, 186 Midland Ave.
Breakfast will be served beforehand. Afterwards, there will be an all-you-can-eat BBQ featuring a pig roast, hamburgers and hot dogs,and more.
There will be live entertainment during the event.
The cost is $25 per rider and $15 per passenger and includes the breakfast and BBQ.
The cost for those planning only to attend the BBQ is $20. Kids 10 and under eat free.
"We may not be able to cure a disease but we can create one smile at a time," Leider said.
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