DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Hundreds of bicyclists spent part of their Saturday morning riding through parts of Mecklenburg County for the 9th annual “Collier Lilly Ride 4 Life”.
"This is what it's all about," said Myra Crayton who is once again volunteering for the bike benefit. "I come here because of what it means."
Crayton's son Garret died nine years ago, about the same time the Collier Lilly Ride 4 Life started.
The 12-year-old had diabetes and when he died and his family decided to donate all of his organs.
"It was tough to lose him, but it was not tough to give his organs," said Crayton.
The Collier Lilly Ride 4 Life is 100k, 50k and 15K bike rides to benefit LifeShare of the Carolinas.
"The event is as much raising awareness as anything," said Debbie Gibbs of LifeShare.
In 2011, nearly 7,000 people died while waiting on the transplant list for a transplant that didn't come in time.