Although Barrow patient Kyle Claffey passed away in April 2014 after battling brain cancer for nearly four years, his family and friends celebrated his life’s dream by completing a nonprofit bike shop in Phoenix, which opened the following June. Located at 5826 N. 16th Street, GMF Bicycle Shop refurbishes old bicycles and then places them up for sale, donating a portion of proceeds to Barrow Neurological Institute for brain tumor awareness and research.
Claffey was diagnosed while still in high school. Despite the disease, he became passionate about bicycling, pedaling long distances and working at a local bike shop with his twin brother, David. While battling his third round of cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, Claffey competed in the 3,000-mile Race Across America event as a member of Team Barrow, raising money for brain tumor research. The team presented a check in the amount of $110,000 to Barrow in November 2013. GMF Bicycle Shop is open seven days a week, managed by David and his father, Mike. Donations of used bikes in all conditions are accepted. In addition, the shop offers a full menu of services, from flat-tire repairs to brake alignments and full tune-ups. To learn more, visit www.gmfbikeshop.org or call 602-264-8820.