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Sandi Sims heads out with her event t-shirt. The fourth annual 'Tour de Taverns' had Marco's streets covered with cyclists in neon yellow on Saturday, raising money to benefit a seven-year-old cancer patient.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Sandi Sims heads out with her event t-shirt. The fourth annual "Tour de Taverns" had Marco's streets covered with cyclists in neon yellow on Saturday, raising money to benefit a seven-year-old cancer patient. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Riders start out from the Sand Bar. The fourth annual 'Tour de Taverns' had Marco's streets covered with cyclists in neon yellow on Saturday, raising money to benefit a seven-year-old cancer patient.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jackie Fleming, grandmother of "Ironman Sam," before the ride's start at the Sand Bar.
  • Roger and Jackie Fleming, grandparents of 'Ironman Sam,' before the ride's start at the Sand Bar. The fourth annual 'Tour de Taverns' had Marco's streets covered with cyclists in neon yellow on Saturday, raising money to benefit a seven-year-old cancer patient.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jennifer Lindsey chooses a card at Crazy Flamingo.
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Steve Barnard, left, and a group of riders pose before heading out. The fourth annual "Tour de Taverns" had Marco's streets covered with cyclists in neon yellow on Saturday, raising money to benefit a seven-year-old cancer patient.
  • Sandi Sims heads out with her event t-shirt. The fourth annual 'Tour de Taverns' had Marco's streets covered with cyclists in neon yellow on Saturday, raising money to benefit a seven-year-old cancer patient.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • A rider heads out, using her shirt as a headscarf. The fourth annual 'Tour de Taverns' had Marco's streets covered with cyclists in neon yellow on Saturday, raising money to benefit a seven-year-old cancer patient.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mario Bros. Guy 'Luigi' Glover and Max 'Mario' Barber show up in full regalia.

The guest of honor could not be present, but a good time was had by all.
'Ironman Sam' Fleming, age 7, was recovering from a recent treatment for the neuroblastoma he deals with every day, and wasn't up to coming out for the 'Tour de Taverns' on Saturday morning. He was there in spirit, though, and in the thoughts of those who rode the 10-mile course, stopping at seven island watering holes on their bicycles.
Cyclists, and supporters who stopped by to donate to help Sam and his family, packed the Sand Bar ahead of the 10 a.m. start, crowding in to register and collect their ride cards and fluorescent yellow t-shirts.

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