Various Ride for Kids Events Raise $182K on Sept. 8

Various Ride for Kids Events Raise $182K on Sept. 82013 Ride for Kids

Three Ride for Kids events on Sunday, September 8, raised $182,774 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. And like always, the stars of the rides were 16 youngsters who surveyed brain tumors. This past weekend’s events were held in Alabama, Indiana and Washington.

“Ride for Kids is a day of fun out of a normal life. It means so much to me and all the kids and families here,” said Skyler, a Puget Sound Star.

Following are reports from each event:

2013 Birmingham Ride for Kids

More than 340 people participated in the 12th Birmingham Ride for Kids on Sept. 8. Motorcyclists gathered at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala., to honor brain tumor survivors Zachary, Matt, Molly, Karissa, Bayleigh, Jon Michael and Michael.

The event had raised $90,601 at ride time, with funds continuing to come in for the next 30 days.

“Please support the PBTF. Your money really does go where it should go and we just have to find a cure for this dreadful disease,” said Star Matt’s mom, Audrey.

As of ride time, the individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Phil Phillips ($17,000), Team Mississippi ($6,585) and Cycle World of Gadsden ($24,265). The top non-motorcycle group was Team Bayleigh ($24,225).

The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Oct. 8.

Sara Lee Reed won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250 and Ken Gray won a Bell motorcycle helmet. Robin Argo won a Dunlop tire.

Thank you to the hardworking volunteers who organized the event. The 2013 task force leaders were Stacy Ashby and Greg Harrelson.

Indianapolis Ride for Kids

The fifth Indianapolis Ride for Kids attracted 150 participants and raised $24,327 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on Sept. 8.

The ride kicked off on a cool morning at Brickyard Crossing, featured a lap around the oval at Lucas Oil Speedway and ended at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Plainfield, Ind.

The event’s Stars were local brain tumor survivors Sarah, Gracie and Hannah.

It’s critical to raise money for research, said Dr. Laurie Ackerman, an oncologist from Riley Hospital for Children.

As of press time, the individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Tori McQueen ($7,688), GWRRA IN-A2 ($1,000) and Cycle Outfitters ($3,417). The top non-motorcycle group was Ride4Bri ($8,415).

The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Oct. 8.

Dale Burrows won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250R and Steve McQueen won a Bell motorcycle helmet.

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event. The 2013 task force leaders were Steve and Angie McQueen and Debbie Hufferd.

Puget Sound Ride for Kids

The 21st Puget Sound Ride for Kids kicked off under sunny skies on Sept. 8 at Remlinger Farms in Carnation, Wash.

As of press time, 240 participants combined to raise $67,846 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Six brain tumor survivors were honored as Ride for Kids Stars at the event: Max, Skyler, Claire, Nick, Andrew and Allison.

Dr. William Thomas from Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center also attended the ride.

“Ride for Kids is a day of fun out of a normal life. It means so much to me and all the kids and families here,” said Skyler.

As of ride time, the individuals, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Ralph and Debbie Lloyd ($6,200), GWTA WA-C ($11,486) and Everett Powersports ($19,410).

The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Oct. 8.

Debbie Lloyd won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250R and Dan Holdsworth won a Bell motorcycle helmet. Mary Rairdin won a Dunlop tire.

Thank you to the devoted volunteers who organized the event. The 2013 task force leaders were Steve and Cameron Gillit, Clarine and Eddie Dunn, Mike Tennyson and Mary Rairdin.

Each of these events will continue to collect donations online at rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Oct. 8.

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