Hope runs high in AshevilleRiders flocked to the new start point for the Asheville Ride for Kids, the Western North Carolina Ag Center. The 525 participants brought $110,981 to show their support for brain tumor survivors Seth, Elijah, Hannah, Sarah, Aaron, and Julia.These “stars” led the scenic mountain ride along with the PBTF’s new CEO, Robin Boettcher. Afterward the crowd heard from the kids, their families, and a pediatric neurosurgeon.The PBTF’s commitment to research includes an institute at Duke University, where Dr. Gerry Grant treats many Ride for Kids stars. “The last five years have done more than the last 10 years before that, because of what this foundation has done,” Grant said. “For example, there’s a new vaccine trial [at Duke] that was created out of some seed funding [from the PBTF].”Brain tumor research is very expensive, and every dollar raised makes a difference. Asheville’s top fundraisers were:
- Individuals: Charles & Renea Turner and Robin & Tammy Ferguson, each $7,500
- Motorcycle club/chapter: GWRRA NC-M2, $26,099
- Motorcycle business: MR Motorcycle, $24,766
- Special organization: Team Brady, $4,960
- Renea Turner won the drawing for the Honda motorcycle and AGV helmet. Other prize winners were Vic Tomlin (Dunlop tire); John Mieloch (Tourmaster luggage); and Bill Greenberg (Cardo Scala Rider).
“The ride was awesome this year,” said Lee Ann. “I really want to thank the police officers. We didn’t get any tickets that I know of.”On a serious note, one survivor’s father expressed his gratitude for the motorcyclists’ generosity. “We are totally blessed that we found Ride for Kids,” said Ryan’s dad, Daryl. “If not for the support of everyone here we would not have known what to do.”Support comes in many forms, including financial donations. The top fundraisers in Michigan were:
- Individuals: Rob, Denni & Katie Proctor, $7,018
- Motorcycle club/chapter: GWRRA MI-W2, $6,691
- Motorcycle business: Nick’s Pro Powersports, $18,314
- Special organization: Katie’s Kruisers, $7,018
- Ann Fraser won a new Honda motorcycle. Other prizes went to Steve Ickes (AGV helmet); Craig Warren (Dunlop tire); Norma Kraus (Tourmaster luggage); and Bobby Newman (Cardo Scala Rider).
Ride for Kids supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), the world’s largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research. Proceeds also fund family support programs, including college scholarships for brain tumor survivors. 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, Sept. 9 in Birmingham, Indianapolis and Seattle. Learn more at rideforkids.org or call 800-253-6530.