SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Alex Cotton Memorial Fund held its second annual cookout and motorcycle ride to fight against pancreatic cancer and honor the legacy of Alex Cotton on Saturday.

Cotton passed away July 11, 2020, at the age of 53 after fighting the disease. His daughter Kidon Gebersadik organizes this bike ride to help raise awareness. The memorial fund’s goal is to provide financial support to families caring for a loved one with pancreatic cancer and minimize the financial burdens associated with the cost of fighting the disease to allow families to be able to focus more on wellness, quality time and recovery.

“One of the things we loved to do together was a ride,” expressed Kidon, “So this is a way for me to honor his name and his memory, but also it’s a fundraiser to help other families that are battling pancreatic cancer. We want to pay it forward and celebrate his life while helping other families.”

The special event went from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There was music, BBQ, games, and raffles, with the first bike out being at 11:00 a.m. at Richard Allen Lodge #30, and kickstands are up at 12:00 p.m. meeting and ending in the same place.

This annual event is celebrated in the month of September because it was Cotton’s favorite riding season with his daughter.

If you want to learn more about The Alex Cotton Memorial Fund visit their website.