News Indiana Ride for Kids Raises $72K

Indiana Ride for Kids Raises $72K

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2012 Northern Indiana Ride for Kids

Riders at the Northern Indiana Ride for Kids didn’t let the heat wave stop them from raising $72,764 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) Sunday in South Bend.

The warmth of the day matched the smiles on the faces of brain tumor survivors Jon, Hannah, Lindy, Jennifer, Daniel, Karyn, Libbie, and Corey as they led hundreds of police-escorted motorcycles from Pinhook Park through the countryside and back.

The program after the ride featured interviews with these “stars” and their parents. “We’ve been on a road that has had a lot of ups and downs, but for every bad thing we’ve seen, a lot of good things have come our way,” Jon’s mom, Jo, told the 250 participants. “You have become an extension of our family.”

The top fundraisers were:

  • Individuals: Georgia & E.J. Ford, $15,818
  • Motorcycle club/chapter: ABATE Region 2, $23,029
  • Motorcycle business: B&E Honda, $21,117
  • Special organization: NW Indiana Parrothead Club, $9,014
  • The drawing prize winners were Rosa Nelson (Honda motorcycle); Michael Vance (AGV helmet); Georgia Ford (Dunlop tire); Patrick Emole (Tourmaster gift certificate) and Connie Gless (Cardo Scala Rider)

Ride for Kids events are made possible by the tireless efforts of volunteers. The Northern Indiana team was led this year by Georgia and E.J. Ford and Bobby Newman. Task force leaders from Indianapolis, Michigan, Knoxville, Wisconsin, and Albuquerque also joined the ride.

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 Chicagoland, Minnesota and Utica Ride for Kids events are coming up on Sunday, July 15. Learn more at or call 800-253-6530.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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