Johnson County father racing to bring awareness to childhood cancer, helps fellow racer when she crashes

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LAS VEGAS (WTHR) – When Matt Davidson set off Friday to race hundred of miles across the rugged Las Vegas desert on his motorcycle, he was trying to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

Davidson's 15-year-old son Zane is among 70 children that have battled the disease in what community activists call the "cancer cluster" of Johnson County.

"The whole premise of getting to the end, kind of plays back to these kids and some of the struggles that they face," Davidson told Eyewitness News last week about his trip.

Friday, when Davidson was just 70 miles from the finish line in Reno, he came upon a fellow racer who was facing what could have turned out to be a life and death struggle of her own.

"I came around the corner and saw the bike all laying on its side, with gas pouring out of it with her laying up against it," Davidson explained about the scene of which he came upon during the race.

Davidson, who's also a firefighter and paramedic in Greenwood, stopped to help.

"By the time I got there, she had probably been on the ground for 5 or so minutes and her helmet was off and everything was scattered around like a yard sale," Davidson said.

"She said she had tried to flag down three other bikes, but they just passed her," he explained.

"She was not moving. She couldn't get up because of how badly her arm was broken," Davidson said.

The United States Marine Corps veteran got the woman off the course and called for help.


He didn't leave the her side, until more help came and a helicopter was on its way.

Stopping for as long as he did though, meant finishing the race in the dark, something he wasn't prepared to do.

"It took me 2 hours to go the last 11 miles because I didn't have headlights," said Davidson.

For a father who has watched his son battle cancer, it was just another curve in the road, an unexpected moment, where Davidson just did what he needed to do.

"Having gone through it with my son, it wasn't scripted about how we were going to get through it, but we knew we had to so that's what we did," said Davidson.