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Fundraising fat bike ride to honour Jack Lyons

'There was this hum that he would make because he was just so happy on his bike'
Jack Lyons on his two-seat bike. Photo courtesy Mark Lyons.

Mark Lyons says his son Jack was always happy when riding his bike. 

"There was this hum that he would make because he was just so happy on his bike," says Lyons. 

Jack Lyons passed away last April at the age of 17.  

The well-known North bay teen was the face of autism awareness in the area and his father, a hard-working car salesman has spent countless hours supporting and raising money for the cause. 

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Mark Lyons connected with cycle enthusiast Connie Hergott in coordinating a new fundraising winter bike ride called, "Ride for Jack." 

The fundraising fat bike ride event is hosted by One Kids Place.  Entry fee is a donation of $25. Riders particpating will gather at the McPherson Drive Boat Launch in Corbeil and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 25. 

Lyons says he had been working on getting involved with this kind of fundraiser for more than a year and was excited hoping that his son would be part of the event.  

"He was always happy on a bike, it just mellowed out his autism," said Mark about his Jack.  

"It is something Jack could do and when he passed you get knocked down but this is where we want to go," said Lyons. 

Mark Lyons says fundraising for One Kids Place Autism Camps is a priority for him as the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise. 

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