Friends of a 2006 Westerville North graduate killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday, Aug. 24, hope to create a legacy to honor his memory.

Friends of a 2006 Westerville North graduate killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday, Aug. 24, hope to create a legacy to honor his memory.

Charles Davis Bickel II, 25, had just completed a charity motorcycling event to raise funds for Nationwide Children's Hospital when he lost control of his motorcycle on Interstate 270.

Police believe a tire blew out on his motorcycle, causing the accident, said Jeanne Wickham, stepmother of one of Bickel's best friends, Ryan Dodson.

Known to his friends as Chuck, Bickel "was the kid that every mother just loved to have around because he was just so helpful and had a positive, upbeat, high energy about him," Wickham said.

"This was a person who just made everyone's life easier, happier, brighter."

Bickel's friends, most of whom graduated from Westerville North High School together, have organized a fundraiser in his honor.

There will be a cookout, with food donated by local restaurants, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave., in Gahanna.

There will be raffles and auctions of items from local businesses.

The money raised will be donated to Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as to Bickel's family to help defray funeral costs.

Bickel was a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sergeant who served two tours of duty in Iraq.

He joined the military along with Dodson after his cousin was killed in action in Iraq.

Bickel was attending Ohio State University and working part time at the Rusty Bucket.

Bickel is survived by girlfriend Meghan McGovern, parents Phil and Ann Bickel; brothers and sisters, Jennifer Clymer, Nicolas Bickel, Michelle Rutledge and Abigail Bickel; and grandparents Bill and Liz Meyer.

Those who are unable to attend the cookout but who would like to contribute money in Bickel's name can make a deposit to the Chuck Bickel Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank, or they can email Wickham at jwickham10@aol.com.

The hope of Bickel's friends, Wickham said, is to create an ongoing legacy through the Wounded Warrior Project in Bickel's name.