Last year, Zach Ellis and his family took part in the Walk for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for the fifth time.
At the age of 8, Zach had been diagnosed with MS, an autoimmune disease where the body's immune response attacks a person's central nervous system.
Since last year, Zach, now 13, hasn't changed much.
The fifth-grade Jackson Township Elementary school student still likes to listen to Michael Jackson, but has also started listening to his mother's old Beatles records.
He still likes playing video games with his twin brother Caleb, but a recent two-hour bout with seizures put him in the hospital for three days.
In addition to taking two injections per week of medication as well as ingesting other medications, Zach now has to take anti-seizure medication. He has been on medication since 2005 and it is believed he is the youngest person in the Wabash Valley to have been diagnosed with the disease.
The annual walk takes place in September on the campus of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and is sponsored by the Indiana Chapter of the National MS Society.
During the event, those participating may either take part in a one-mile or three-mile walk.
Even though the family will again take part in the walk this year, they decided to get a head start in raising money for the disease.
As a result, they created Zach's Ride 2010, an event scheduled to take place June 12.
In an effort to help support the walk in September, Zach's mother, Laura Thompson, said she wanted to create the motorcycle ride.
"I decided to put it together," Laura said. "We're excited. Everybody's been real great. If it turns out like I think it will, we're hoping to turn it into an annual event."
Those interested in taking part in the ride are encouraged to meet at the Gooseneck Brew in Brazil Saturday, June 12. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with the ride starting at noon.
Cost is $10 per person to ride and all proceeds coming in from the event will go to help support the September walk.
Riders are due back from the June event by 4:30 p.m., and a hog roast has been scheduled to take place. In addition, door prizes and raffles will take place as well as a 50-50 drawing and a possible silent auction. There will also be a $200 prize for the winning poker hand in the Poker Run.
In addition, the family is selling T-shirts for the event. For more information on a T-shirt, call Laura at 812-201-7620.
The route of the ride will take those participating from Brazil to Seelyville, then to Rosedale, and Rockville before coming back to Brazil.
"She's been doing 99 percent of the work," Laura's husband Danny Thompson said. "All of this is her."
"It's been fun," Laura added, "doing something like this. It reminds me of how many good people there are, not asking for a lot in return. They just want to help."
For more information on the event in September or to pre-register, log on to http://walkini.nationalmssociety.org.
What: Poker Run and Hog Roast
When: June 12
Where: Gooseneck Brew, Brazil
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The first bikes will head out at noon. Bikes are due back by 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person to ride
For more information, call Laura Thompson at 812-201-7620.