News Ride for Kids, PBTF Co-Founders Nominated for AMA Hall of Fame

Ride for Kids, PBTF Co-Founders Nominated for AMA Hall of Fame

Dianne and Mike Traynor
Dianne and Mike Traynor

2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Nominees

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Ride for Kids are honored that our co-founders, the late Mike and Dianne Traynor, are nominees for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

The Traynors are on the nomination ballot along with 14 other individuals, including notable racers, designers and ambassadors for motorcycling.

Jeffrey V. Heininger (Chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation) says: “Very few people start their careers in this industry or sport expecting to end up in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, however the very best always rise to the top, as we see again this year.”

Larry Little (PBTF Board Member & GM of Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group) says: “The Traynors changed the landscape of motorcycling, but more importantly, through the power of motorcyclists, they created hope for children afflicted with brain tumors.”

The first Ride for Kids event was held in Atlanta in 1984. The program is now a national series of motorcycle charity rides that benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Motorcyclists have helped the PBTF become the world’s largest non-governmental funder of childhood brain tumor research.

Mike Traynor passed away in 2009, and Dianne led the organization until her death in 2012.

Larry Little says: “The legacy that Mike and Dianne created in the Ride for Kids fundraisers and the creation of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to find the cause of and cure for brain tumors in kids speaks loudly about their selfless drive, determination and ambition to beat this tragic disease. They literally brought out the best in people who just happen to ride motorcycles.”

Potential AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame members are considered in eight categories, each focusing on a specific area. The Traynors are nominated in the Ambassadors & Industry group.

Hall of Fame voting closes July 7, and members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be announced shortly thereafter.

About Ride for Kids

Ride for Kids is now in its 30th year of raising awareness and funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. These fun-filled, family-friendly motorcycle rides take place in more than 40 cities across the country. More than 28,000 people in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a childhood brain tumor, and 11 more cases are identified each day. Motorcyclists have helped the PBTF become the world’s largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research. Our programs also include free educational information about brain tumors, Internet conferences and college scholarships. American Honda is the presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids. Other supporters include GEICO, Bell Helmets and Cycle World magazine. Register online at or call 800-253-6530 to learn more.

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