(Memphis) A teenager whose courageous spirit inspired many in this community is still inspiring people even though he’s no longer here.
Trey Erwin died just days before his 16th birthday of a form of pancreatic cancer that normally only affects adults.
Now, support for him is being shifted to other children in need.
It’s been almost a year since friends and family said good-bye to Trey Erwin, but this weekend Metropolitan Bank is remembering him through a memorial bike ride.
“As a young man he was struck with a horrific disease but through that, even through those difficult situations he was an inspiration of hope,” said Phillip May, Metropolitan Bank.
Trey’s determination and drive to fight a rare form of pancreatic cancer was tagged Pray for Trey. His story was told through interviews and social media. There were all kinds of fundraisers for the family.
Trey died five days after last year’s bike race. The $8,000 dollars raised was almost exactly enough to pay for his chartered flight home when Trey got sick on vacation.
This year, the money will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities in Trey’s honor.
“He used a very difficult situation and made it a ministry and a blessing to the community that despite the disease he always talked about hope and his faith,” said May.
As difficult as its been, his mother says life for the family is moving on. She says he’ll never be forgotten by family and she is honored the community still remembers Trey.
Lisa Erwin, Trey’s mother, said, “There’s no cap on grief and you’ll still grieving. you’re still needing the support. It’s helping our family.”
There will be three rides: a 13-, 25- and 53-mile route. Bikers of all ages are invited.
The ride begins at 7:30 a.m.
You can pre-register before that at Germantown Baptist Church. Registration is $40.