BMX riders, don’t miss the Race for Life benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Xtreme Fun Spot BMX track at 6901 N. Casa Grande Highway, southwest of Interstate 10 and Ina Road.

Registration is $20 and runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Spectators get in free.

Xtreme Fun Spot operators Kirk and Julie Vaughn were inspired by their daughter’s best friend, Amber Walker, to organize the benefit.

Amber was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia three days before her 14th birthday. She had to quit attending school and give up cheerleading to spend an average of four days a week at the hospital. She has been undergoing treatment for nearly two years. With one more year of chemotherapy to go, she has returned to high school and cheerleading, and her family and friends all hope that she will live a long, healthy, cancer-free life.

“Xtreme Fun Spot is doing this because we want to give back and raise awareness,” Julie Vaughn said. “The proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to aid in research for patients like Amber. This is close to our heart.”

Xtreme Fun Spot is Pima County’s newest BMX park.

Registration for regular racing starts at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays and for practice at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Xtreme Fun Spot closes after the last race (before dark). Admission for spectators is free but racing costs $10 and practice is $5.

Visit Pima County’s BMX parks online for more information or call the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department at (520) 877-6000.

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