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Bike ride planned in memory of DeWitt child

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Maddox Weber’s family remembers him as a loving child who was definitely not afraid to take risks.

“He had no fear and a heart of gold,” said Jill Strouf, Maddox’s aunt. “He was the cutest little boy ever. He loved to be outdoors and wasn’t afraid of anything. He had two older sisters and if they did it, he was doing it.”

Maddox died in January 2019 when he was run over by a bus in the family’s driveway. He was 2 years old.

In his memory, the family is hosting a children's bike-a-thon event in Maddox's hometown of DeWitt Saturday that also aims to raise money for families going through difficult times.

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“He was tragically killed and what we are trying to do for the family is just carry on his name,” Strouf said. “We want to make sure people remember him. We haven’t done anything since he passed in 2019 and his mother wanted to raise money. It’s going to be donated to the church and she’s thinking about something for families that have lost a child and don’t have life insurance or can’t afford a headstone, things like that.”

The first annual event will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in DeWitt, with check in starting at 9:30 a.m. at the community center in town.

Participants can do one of three rides, six blocks, one mile or three miles, and are asked to bring their own bike.

Lunch will be provided after the event and a child’s John Deere Gator, Maddox’s favorite toy, will be raffled off, in addition to a bicycle and other prizes.

Registration for the event is $15, though Strouf said nobody will be turned away.

“Any kids that don’t have money or can’t pay, if they didn’t have the $15 we would help them out,” she said. “We don’t want to leave any kid out. It’s just been amazing how much love and support we’ve got from the community. The people reaching out to donate has meant a lot.”

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