The Klein family supported 24 Foundation many years ago by donating to friend, Jeff Weiser, who rode on the Brooksource Team in Indianapolis. At the time, they were not very familiar with the organization nor had close ties to cancer, but they were happy to support the cause. The connection the Klein family had to 24 Foundation and cancer became much more real when their nine year old son, Jack Klein was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in winter of 2015.
Jack’s family and friends supported him through his treatment, and the close yet large community surrounding Jack and the Klein family became known as “Jack’s Pack.”
In 2015, Jack’s 12 year old brother, Matthew Klein rode with the Brooksource team to support him in his fight against cancer. Jack accompanied his brother at the event on the sidelines of the Booty Loop holding signs of support and cheering for him and other riders while ringing a cowbell. The family decided that Jack’s Pack would participate in the 2016 24 Foundation with Jack leading them in their first lap. Unfortunately, Jack’s cancer relapsed in August and he passed away in February in the hospital with his family by his side. Jack will join Jack’s Pack in spirit as they ride in his memory on June 24th and 25th.
Team Jack’s Pack consists 20 riders, mostly the original members of Jack’s Pack from Indianapolis, with the exception of a few traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina for the event. Their goal for the event this year is to have fun and embody the spirit that Jack had at last year’s event.
“24 Hours of Booty’s mission to us means hope,” said John Klein, Jack’s father. “Hope for adults and other children afflicted by this dreadful disease.”