FAQs


About the Ride

What is Ride for Kids?
The Ride for Kids program is a national series of motorcycle rides that supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Our mission is to eliminate the challenges of childhood brain tumors by funding medical research and family support.

How long is the ride?
The length of the route varies, but is typically 40-50 miles. Our dual sport event in Southern California is an all-day trek, but most of the street rides last 60-90 minutes. Depending on what time you arrive, and whether you stay for the Shining Stars celebration and prize drawing, the entire event can last up to four hours.

What time should I arrive on event day?
It's up to you! Some people get there first thing to mingle with the crowd and check out other bikes. Onsite registration closes 30 minutes before the ride starts.

What do I bring with me to the ride?
We ride rain or shine, so pack your rain gear and all safety equipment. Ride for Kids participants must wear minimum safety apparel as required by state law. Minimum safety apparel for these purposes may include a DOT-approved safety helmet. For your safety, we strongly advise riders to wear a helmet, glasses, goggles or a face shield, and additional protective outerwear such as gloves, long-sleeved jacket, boots and long trousers while participating in the event. You may want to bring your camera, as well as a lucky charm for our prize drawing.

What are the insurance requirements to ride?
Ride for Kids events are sanctioned and insured by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). All participants are required to sign an AMA waiver on the day of the event.

Can minors participate in the ride?
If you are the parent or guardian of a minor child who wishes to ride as your passenger in the event, you will be required to sign the AMA minor release form on the day of the event. If you are not the parent or guardian of the minor passenger, you must bring a signed, notarized release form from the child's parent or guardian. You can download the form here or request a copy by emailing support@rideforkids.org. To ride their own motorcycle in a Ride for Kids event, minor riders must present their motorcycle endorsement and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Minor riders and their parent or guardian will be required to sign an AMA minor release waiver onsite on the day of the event that they attend.

Can my Ride Team or motorcycle club/chapter ride together in the event?
Absolutely! Just be sure to arrive at the same time so your bikes can line up together.

Do you provide food and beverages?
All our events include at least one light meal and beverages such as coffee, water and soda. The selection varies, and we cannot guarantee the availability of vegetarian options.

Are there any rest/break stops during the ride?
No. Toilet facilities are available at the start point and end point.

What happens if it rains on ride day?
Children’s brain tumors show up rain or shine, and so do we. We do not offer refunds, and we thank you for your understanding and support.


Registering/Signing Up

How do I register?
Visit www.rideforkids.org and choose your local event, or come to the registration area on the day of the event. Registration times vary. Online registration closes at noon Eastern on the Friday before your ride. Onsite registration closes 30 minutes before the ride departs.

How much does it cost to ride?
There is no charge to ride in our events, but please remember you’re riding for kids with one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. We encourage a minimum donation of $40 per motorcycle. It’s easy to raise funds! Just ask 10 friends for $10 each, and before you know it you’ll have enough to earn a ride T-shirt. If you raise at least $100 before online registration closes at noon Eastern on the Friday before your event, you’ll also earn an extra ticket for our prize drawing.

Can I pay on the day of the event?
Yes! We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, cash and personal checks made payable to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Bring your funds to the registration tent. To request a donation collection envelope in advance, email support@rideforkids.org.

Does my passenger need to register also?
No, but both of you need to check in at the registration area when you arrive to sign the AMA waiver.

When I try to register online, I get an error message that I am “already registered.”
If you have logged in to our site before, you may be registered already. If logging in doesn’t work, please email support@rideforkids.org.

I don’t have an email address or Internet access. How do I preregister?
Please call our office at 800-253-6530 for assistance.

How can I sign up to be a volunteer?
We have many volunteer opportunities, from working in the parking lot to seated positions in the registration area. Depending on the position you select, you may need to go to a training session before the ride. To help out, email support@rideforkids.org and tell us which event you’d like to attend. You can also reach out to the local task force leaders through your ride’s local information page.


Fundraising/Donating

Where does the money go?
Donations fund medical research grants and family support programs at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The researchers we fund specialize in childhood brain tumors. Their results are leading to new treatment protocols that are shared with neuro-oncologists and neurosurgeons around the country. We also offer family support services in local communities, including free educational booklets and college scholarships for brain tumor survivors.

What are Ride Pages?
Ride Pages are personal fundraising pages that are built in to our website. This allows us to track donations across the country in real time, and makes it simple and convenient for you to customize your Ride Page and email your friends and family to ask for their support. After you register, you will be prompted to set up a Ride Page. Customizing your page is a great way to connect with your supporters and personalize your cause. You can even link your YouTube videos or upload a personal photo. If you need assistance, email support@rideforkids.org.

What about Firstgiving?
The PBTF no longer supports FirstGiving pages for Ride for Kids. Fundraising through our website is simpler and more convenient. Best of all, the user fees are lower, so more of your donations will go directly to our mission.

How do I direct people to my Ride Page?
When you set up your page, you’ll create your own URL (web address) that you can use each year. Add this link to your emails and other correspondence with supporters. Email support@rideforkids.org with questions.

If I don’t set up a Ride Page, but send in money, what happens?
Your Ride for Kids Event Team will create a Ride Page on your behalf, depending on the donation type. If this is the case, we will contact you by phone or email. If we did this for you in the past, you will have a login on our site and you will be able to enter your own donations on your Ride Page this year. Call 800-253-6530 or email support@rideforkids.org with questions.

I don’t have a credit card. How can I set up my Ride Page?
Call us at 800-253-6530 or email support@rideforkids.org for assistance.

If I set up a Ride Page for one event and can’t make it, can I apply the funds to a future ride?
Yes, but this does pose some accounting challenges. Call us at 800-253-6530 or email support@rideforkids.org if this happens.

If someone donates to my Ride Page do they still need to register if they come to the ride?
Yes.

How long after my Ride for Kids event does my Ride Page stay open?
Your page will be open for fundraising until the following year’s event registration opens. You will receive incentive credit for 30 days after the current year’s event takes place. You have 60 days to redeem your incentive.

Do I have to start a new Ride Page every year?
No. You’ll be able to reactivate and update your Ride Page as soon as online registration opens for the following season. You can keep the same web address (URL) for your Ride Page, too.

If I form a team and I am the captain, do I have a personal Ride Page, as well as a team page? If so, which one should I use to fundraise?
It really depends on your goal. If you want to share the funds with other people for incentives purposes, use the Team Page for fundraising. As a Team Captain, you can use your Ride Team page to encourage and support your team members. You can also assign portions of your team’s collected donations to individual team members for incentive purposes. If you do not plan to split the funds for incentive credit, use your personal Ride Page for fundraising.

Can I give credit to my favorite club/chapter and motorcycle dealership?
Yes. Please do this when you preregister to ensure that we count your funds toward your club, chapter and/or dealership. You must also make a note on your donation collection envelope on the day of the event.

If you mail us funds before your ride, we will post that amount to your Ride Page and contact you by phone or email. If we posted funds for you in the past, you will have a login on our site. After you log in, you will be able to enter offline donations from within your Participant Center. If you have questions or need help logging in, call 800-253-6530 or email support@rideforkids.org.

Can someone send cash or checks to the PBTF for me?
Yes, but we strongly discourage putting cash in the mail. Be sure to tell your donors to indicate that the donation is for your fundraising page. All checks should be made payable to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation or PBTF.

Who are the checks made out to when I am fundraising?
All checks should be made payable to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation or PBTF. If someone gives you cash or writes a check in your name, deposit the funds in your checking account and write us a check for the total. Mail funds to PBTF, 302 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville, NC 28806. Be sure to include your donor's name, address and gift amount. You can also bring cash and checks written to PBTF to the registration area on the day of the ride. Email support@rideforkids.org to request a donation collection envelope.

If someone sends me money, how do I add it to my Ride Page?
You can enter these funds as offline donations from within your Participant Center. If you need help, email support@rideforkids.org.

Is my credit card information secure?
Yes. Our system uses the latest encryption and security.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, minus the value of any incentives you receive. Please consult a tax professional for advice.

Do you accept matching gifts?
Yes, we welcome and encourage matching gifts from qualified companies. Matching gifts are managed on a case by case basis. Please call us at 800-253-6530 or email support@rideforkids.org to find out how to receive credit for your company’s matching gift.

Can I make a donation in memory or in honor of someone?
Yes. When you choose this option on your donation form, you’ll be able to enter the honoree’s name and, if applicable, the notification address.

My donation didn’t go through.
Contact us at 800-253-6530 or support@rideforkids.org and we’ll assist you.

Can I donate by phone?
Of course! Just give us a call at 800-253-6530.

Does the foundation sell, rent or trade donor information?
Absolutely not. Please see our privacy policy for more information.


Incentives

Do you have fundraising incentives?
Yes! Participants who raise $100 or more will qualify for a collectible T-shirt, plus a Ride for Kids hat at the $300 level. Fundraisers who raise $200 get a second event T-shirt. Depending on how much more you raise, you’ll qualify for one additional incentive, with a selection of prizes at different levels. The program is not cumulative. You will receive incentive credit for 30 days after the current year’s event takes place. You have 60 days to redeem your incentive.

How long will it take to get my prize?
T-shirts and hats will be distributed at the event. After you go online and select your incentive above the $300 level, it will be shipped by our vendor after the ride. If you don’t receive your incentive within one month, email support@rideforkids.org and we’ll put you in touch with the fulfillment company. If your item is the wrong size or needs to be replaced for any reason, contact the vendor directly.

If I get money after the ride how do I upgrade my incentives?
Your Ride Page will be open for fundraising until the following year’s event registration opens. You can redeem your incentives right away, or you can continue to receive incentive credit for 30 days after the current year’s event takes place. The month after your ride is a great time to increase your fundraising goal and reach the next incentive level.

If someone gives me $100 on my page do they get a T-shirt?
No. Funds donated to your Ride Page will be credited to you. T-shirts and other incentives are earned by Ride for Kids participants.

Is there an incentive for preregistering?
Yes. If you preregister and raise at least $100 before online registration closes at noon Eastern on the Friday before your event, you’ll automatically receive an extra ticket for the prize drawing.

I don’t need any more stuff. Do I have to accept an incentive?
If you prefer that we use all of your funds for medical research and family support, you may decline the incentive.

Where can I see the list of incentives?
Click here to view our incentives


Patient Families

How do patient families register?
Go to www.curethekids.org/rfkfamily and complete the family registration form. It is very important that you register at least one month before your event so we can ensure the correct sizes of helmets and T-shirts are available for all registered family members. If you want to raise funds for a Ride for Kids event, click the “Raise Funds” button on your event page. If you need help setting up a fundraising page, email familysupport@curethekids.org.

Will there be a motorcycle escort for all of my family members?
We recruit motorcycle escorts far in advance to ensure plenty of backseats available for riding. However, we cannot guarantee that a sidecar or trike will be available for all family members.

Will my child be able to ride if he/she has special needs?
A child with special needs receives the first priority for a sidecar. Please let us know about your child’s condition at least one month before the ride so we can make every effort to secure a sidecar.

Can minors participate in the ride?
If you are the parent or guardian of a minor child who wishes to ride as your passenger, you will be required to sign an AMA minor release form on the day of the event. If you are not the parent or guardian of the minor passenger, you must bring a signed, notarized release form from the child’s parent or guardian. You can download the form here or request a copy from support@rideforkids.org.

What are the requirements to be able to ride?
You must be at least 54 inches tall to ride as a backseat passenger. Children ages 5-18 must ride on a backseat with a backrest. Adults may ride on a backseat without a backrest. Children under age 5 must ride in a sidecar with an older sibling or parent. Passengers who have special needs, such as balance or vision issues, may need to ride in a sidecar. Our event staff will work with you to ensure that your family has a safe ride.

Can I bring other family members and/or friends to the event?
Only immediate family members will be allowed to ride in the motorcycle parade, but we encourage everyone to join us at the Shining Stars celebration.


Didn’t see the answer to your question here? Contact your Ride for Kids Event Team at 800-253-6530 or support@rideforkids.org.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation: Ride for Kids 2014

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raised $1,468,373.87

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Raised: $ 1468338     Goal: $ 3700000

Our Goal: $3,660,000.00

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