Brain tumor survivors present a check at a 1993 Ride for Kids event.
It all began with friends helping friends. When a colleague's child was diagnosed with a brain tumor, motorcycle enthusiasts Mike Traynor and his wife Dianne Traynor wanted to do something to help. In 1984, they joined other dedicated volunteers to organize a motorcycle charity ride in Atlanta, to raise money for childhood brain tumor research.
The first Ride for Kids raised $4,000, which was donated to Emory University. Riders gathered again the following year, and the concept soon spread to other cities. American Honda signed on as the presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids in 1991, the same year the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation was established.
Today, Ride for Kids is the longest-running, most successful motorcycle charity program in the nation, connecting communities across the United States in the fight for a cure.
In 2014 and 2016, PBTF merged with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children and We Can Pediatric Brain Tumor Network, respectively, to equip families with the patient family education, financial relief, and emotional support needed to navigate a child's brain tumor journey. Following the expansion of family support programs across the country, PBTF and A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure joined forces in 2018 to fund more research across the widest breadth of childhood brain tumors.
PBTF's Ride for Kids continues to raise millions of dollars each year for research and family support, along with the Starry Night Walk to Cure Childhood Brain Tumors, a series of walks and lantern-lighting ceremonies that inspires hope for families living with a child's brain tumor diagnosis; Vs. Cancer, which provides any sports team, athlete, and community a platform to help kids with cancer; and PBTF GameON, the organizations newest signature fundraising program for livestreamers, content creators, esports organizations, and anyone who plays or works with video games.
As the world's leading nonprofit dedicated to children and teens with brain tumors, our mission is simple, yet powerful: Care. Cure. Thrive. Your support makes this possible, providing care for families, fueling research to cure childhood brain tumors and helping survivors and families thrive. Get involved today so that one day soon, we will all live in a world without childhood brain tumors.