Big weekend tops $389,000 for PBTF
Star Kelly (right) gets ready to ride at the Chicagoland
- Wisconsin event on July 17.
Ride for Kids had its busiest weekend in history July 16-17, with five motorcycle charity rides in four cities over two days. The events combined to serve 30 childhood brain tumor survivors and their families and to raise more than $389,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's research and family support programs.
Storm clouds dispersed and riders were treated to beautiful weather and scenic routes in Marysville, Ohio, Lake Geneva, Wis., Deerfield, N.Y., and St. Paul, Minn.
"The PBTF is the premier funder of pediatric brain tumor research in the world and all of you are what drives this foundation to do such wonderful work," Dr. Jonathan Finlay, director of neuro-oncology at Nationwide Children's Hospital, told motorcyclists in Marysville.
That research funding brings hope to families of children with brain tumors, even in the face of great loss. "It means so much to me and to everybody in my family for everyone to be here and to do what we do to raise money and hopefully, someday, end this disease. I don’t want anyone else to go through what we went through," said Tammy, whose son, Zachary, is an eternal Star.
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Donations are still being accepted online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Aug. 16 for Marysville and through Aug. 17 for Chicagoland, Minnesota, Utica and Wisconsin.
The next Ride for Kids event is July 31 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Sign up today and ride with us to cure the kids!