In honor of Pedro Roman, a Valencia high school football player who died after a two-year battle with cancer, a commemorative hike is due to take place later this month, with the aim of helping the children – and their families – who have been diagnosed with leukemia.
The event, hosted by the Studio 7 Foundation, is scheduled to take place on January 30 and registration will take place between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at Santa Clarita Harley Davidson, located at 21130 Center Pointe Parkway.
“It has become our mission to continue to help families with children diagnosed with this horrible disease,” read a statement from the Studio 7 Foundation about the event. “Help them with gift cards for gas, food or whatever. ”
“Parents should be able to focus on their child and not on financial stress during their fight,” the press release on the event added. “We will also focus on the long-term effect and the mental health of a family that has suffered loss.”
Roman was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2019. After his diagnosis, support and love poured in for the 17-year-old Viking football player, who wore number 21, and his family.
Football teammates shaved their heads in support of his chemotherapy, and the student section of Valencia high school honored him with banners and T-shirts bearing his name during one of their football matches. Dozens of people turned out for a community blood drive in honor of their classmate.
After his death, hundreds of friends, students and community members of Roman attended a vigil in honor of his memory.
This month’s commemorative event, open to the public, is set to travel to Sunset Kaiser Permanente, where Roman succumbed to his cancer on February 1 of last year. The ride is then scheduled to return to the ’49er Saloon in Acton, where there will be food, drink, music and vendor stalls.
A blood drive is also planned, according to Alana Altmayer, founder of the Studio 7 Foundation and friend of the Roman family.
Tickets for the event are $ 30 and children under 10 are free. For more information on how to attend the event or be a sponsor / supplier, visit s7f.org.