Houston’s 20th Ride for Kids Tops $321K

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2012 Ride for Kids

Motorcyclists’ hearts are as big as the Lone Star State – just ask any of the 13 young brain tumor survivors who attended yesterday’s Houston Ride for Kids. The area’s 20th ride for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) raised $321,675.

Hundreds of bikes left the Humble Civic Center on a warm morning with many of those survivors in the lead. After passing farms and woodlands, the 660 participants learned more about their reasons for riding: Ava, Calvin, Dylan, Ethan, Garrett, Jake, Josh, Javier, Kaitlyn, Leon, Michael A., Michael G., and Nick.

Six-year-old Ava said she tells people she’s a miracle when they ask her about herself. Added Michael G., 16, “It’s hard on us kids, but harder on our families.”

Ride for Kids helps families by funding support programs and medical research.

Dr. Will Parsons (Texas Children’s Hospital) says: “The PBTF is a first-rate organization, and they provide more funding for pediatric brain tumor research than any other organization. Without people like all of you here today, that wouldn’t be possible.”

The top fundraisers were:

Individuals: Steve & Judy Ferguson, $43,269
Motorcycle club/chapter: GWRRA TX-C, $87,026
Non-motorcycle group: In memory of Gene Brady $17,750
Motorcycle business: Bob Lunsford’s Northwest Honda, $227,109
Donated Ride for Kids drawing prizes went to Wayne Zielke (Honda motorcycle); Britt & Debbie Grieger (AGV helmet); and Steve & Judy Ferguson (Dunlop tire, Tourmaster luggage and Cardo Scala Rider).

Houston’s local task force did a great job organizing the ride. The volunteers were led by Ronnie Lunsford and Steve and Judy Ferguson.

About the PBTF Ride for Kids
Ride for Kids supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) by funding medical research and family support programs. We thank our presenting sponsor, Honda Riders Club of America, and our national insurance sponsor, GEICO. The next Ride for Kids events are on Sunday, May 6 in Los Angeles and North Carolina’s Triangle Area. Learn more at rideforkids.org or call 800-253-6530.