The COVID-19 pandemic derailed a scheduled April delivery of LEGOs by dozens area motorcyclists but the mission is now back on track and set for Sept. 27, Cleburne motorcyclist Jeffrey Brown said.
Flying under the handle Bikers For Brody, the participants hail from various area motorcycle groups as well as unaffiliated cycle enthusiasts. About 175 motorcyclists delivered LEGOs during last year’s inaugural run intending carry the tradition on each year.
“We hoped to do this earlier this year but the COVID stuff prevented that,” Brown said. “But we’re back now, and that’s important because we want to keep the tradition going.”
The run honors the late Brody Nelson of Cleburne.
Brody, 10, passed away in August 2019 after a year and a half long battle with brain cancer.
Brody’s love of LEGOS and compassion for other children battling cancer inspired his idea for LEGOs for Little Warriors, which arose while Brody was undergoing radiation treatments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Brody asked residents to donate LEGOs for children in similar situations. Others jumped in the donations quickly piled up.
Joining in the cause, Brown said, is his way of honoring Brody and giving back.
“My son suffers from Tracheomalacia,” Brown said. “So this is my way of helping other children, especially those who have to spend long periods of time in hospitals. We’re always busy doing some kind of ride and helping somebody. That’s what we try to do.
“On the LEGOs run we’re Brody’s Bikers. That’s who we’re doing it for. Last year we only had three days to get everything together but still had 175 bikes participating. This year we want to break that record.”
The bikers will leave Cleburne at 10 a.m. that day traveling Texas 174 to the Burleson Walmart. They should arrive there about 10:30 a.m. to purchase LEGOs. Members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to visit the bikers there and to purchase LEGOs for the cause as well should they so wish.
“Last year when we were buying LEGOs, the manager found out what they were for and gave us a discount,” Brown said.
The bikers will depart Walmart about 1 p.m. to return to Cleburne. The schedule is to arrive at Westhill Church of Christ, 1100 W. Westhill Drive, at about 1:30 p.m.
This year’s drop-off event will occur in the church’s parking lot to allow for social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures.
Brown encourages residents to line Texas 174 to cheer on the riders as the travel from Cleburne to Burleson and back or to follow behind the procession.
“Last year a lot of people posted videos and pictures of the line of motorcycles as they traveled through Johnson County,” Brown said. “A lot of people also pulled over as we passed to watch us go by. We’ll have a couple of the constable deputies leading us handle the traffic.”
Brody underwent multiple radiation treatments after doctors discovered a tumor in his brain in 2017.
Between that diagnosis and Brody’s passing members of the community as well as others throughout the state rallied around him and his family.