Abby Divine, The Union Democrat

A well-attended fundraiser Saturday raised $5,000 to help the family of a 7-year-old boy battling terminal cancer.

Elijah Mainville - the son of Ronnie and Melody Mainville, of Tuolumne - was diagnosed four years ago with high-risk neuroblastoma cancer. The cancer spread into his bone marrow, and doctors found new tumors on his hips and knee on Jan. 9.

Doctors recently told the Mainvilles there was not much more they could do to help their son.

Saturday's motorcycle poker run started at 11 a.m. and more than 200 riders showed up to support the family.

"From our hearts, we say thank you," Ronnie Mainville said.

The riders drew cards and rode to various stops in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. Prizes donated by community members were raffled off and about $5,000 was raised for the family.

Arthur and Fanya Schmidt of Grocery Outlet donated food and manned the raffle booth.

Nathan Reich of Reich's Outpost in Soulsbyville donated food for the barbecue.

The Hills Brothers Band performed at the event. Their set included a "superhero" song they composed for Elijah.

Mark Lewis, of Vallecito, was at Jamestown Harley-Davidson to pick up motorcycle parts. Lewis, who lost his wife in 2009 to cancer, said he was glad to see the community embrace Elijah's cause because he knows firsthand how much it means to a family who is fighting for their loved one's health.

Elijah was hospitalized Thursday at Stanford Hospital with complications from chemotherapy and was too sick to go.

Ronnie Mainville and son Cayden stopped by the fundraiser to thank everyone.

Ronnie said the money raised will help them with medical and travel expenses and help compensate the time he has to miss from work when Elijah's cancer relapses.

The Mainvilles lost their home and declared bankruptcy last summer because they could not afford the payments with the costs associated with Elijah's cancer battle. He said they are renting a home now and the transition was difficult for Cayden, who was diagnosed with autism.

Ronnie called the event an "overwhelming display of love."

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