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Bikers Surprise Boy With Rare Cancer on His Birthday

They saw a Facebook post and came just to cheer him up - the day before his next round of treatment started.


Connor Rutledge probably figured there would be some surprises at his third birthday party. But there's no way this motorcycle-loving little boy had any idea what was in store from him.

Connor is battling leukemia and neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of the nervous system. His parents planned his birthday party as a quiet backyard affair Sunday in the small town of LaGrange, OH, about 45 minutes southwest of Cleveland. His aunt, Lex Tyree (below, with Connor) thought it might be cool to have some of her friends who belong to a motorcycle club come by Connor's party on their bikes, so she posted an invite on her Facebook page.

Connor with his aunt, Lex Tyree, who got the party started!Lex Tyree Facebook page

You can guess what happened next! The Elyria Chronicle reports, other motorcycle clubs saw the post and the number of of bikers and bikes swelled to more than 75, roaring into the neighborhood and bringing the family running to see what the commotion was about. Some of the bikers who have no connection to the family said they came to brighten Connor's day.

"It meant the world to him." Korey Rutledge, Connor's father

The timing couldn't have been better. Connor began a new round of cancer treatment the next day. He was diagnosed with the neuroblastoma when he was a baby and was in remission until recently, when doctors diagnosed him with leukemia.

Lex Tyree Facebook page

Connor's parents Kory Rutledge and Sara Buska, both of nearby Lorain, carried him around the crowd, who took turns giving him hugs and well-wishes. The Chronicle reports the group also presented the family with $200 in donations they had collected. The visit ended with a group prayer for Connor and his family, with Pastor Colynn Deulley praying for healing that will let Connor "move forward in his life."

We wish the best for Connor too. When is the last time you went out of the way to brighten a stranger's day? Today is as good as any, and if you do we'd love to hear about it. Click here to e-mail us!

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