Janesville teen with terminal brain cancer has one more wish granted

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -- One Janesville teen battling terminal brain cancer. crossed a big item off his bucket list on Saturday, wit the help of 600 bikers.

Nineteen-year-old Zach Olson had another wish granted in March, when he got to meet his favorite band Shinedown. On Saturday, bikers from all over the Midwest joined forces in Janesville to ride for Zach and make one more wish come true.

In late March, Zach's mom Miranda posted on Facebook, asking for help to make Zach's wish happen. She said the outpouring of support was overwhelming.

"I couldn't hold it together because I could not believe, they just kept coming and coming. I never imagined this many people would be here," Miranda said.

On Saturday, bikers roared into Janesville from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and all across Wisconsin to meet Zach.

"It's just great that we can just give a little bit of joy to someone who's had so much hardship," said Yvonne Schoonover, a biker from Janesville.

It was an emotional day for everyone.

"[Zach] was able to be outside to see all of us come in, I mean I got tears, I don't know about you guys," said Regina Stuhr, another biker from Janesville. "We weren’t sure if he’d be able to sit outside and see all of us come in and to see that, it was a miracle, in my eyes."

For Zach and his family, it was also a chance to escape for at least one afternoon.

"It takes a little of the stress away, and it's nice to forget about things for a day and let him enjoy himself," Miranda said.

Zach was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009. He was cancer-free for years until January, when his cancer came back, growing fast and incurable. No one knows how much time he has left, but Miranda said moments like Saturday make going through it just a little bit easier.