Brain tumore survivor Amanda (right) and her mother, Joanne, at the New England ride.
The rolling hills of central Massachusetts provided a beautiful backdrop for the 14th New England Ride for Kids, which raised $37,627 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) yesterday. Additional funds came in after the ride, bringing the final total to $40,027.
The 120 participants met at Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale to support local brain tumor survivors Caitlyn, Ryen, Amanda and Gary. Several of these Ride for Kids “stars” led the ride through the countryside, then came back to tell the riders about themselves.
“Thanks for donating money for kids like me with brain tumors,” said 11-year-old Ryen before taking a few steps. Amanda’s mother, Joanne, said, “The common thread through all the events we have attended is the way strangers can be made to feel special. You do this for my child and it means the world to me.”
The riders also heard from neuro-oncologist Nicole Ullrich of Children's Hospital in Boston.
The fundraisers with the highest totals were:
: Dave Odess and Perry Robertson, $6,321
: Members of GWRRA MA-F, $8,813
• Motorcycle Business
: Customers of Venco Wings, $18,851
Donated drawing prizes went to Dave Odess (Honda
motorcycle); Ray Dewey (AGV helmet); David Rabinovitz (Dunlop
tire); Bunny Kirchdorfer (Tourmaster luggage); and Joseph Seymour (Cardo Systems headset).
Many thanks went to the volunteers who organized this year’s event, led by Shirley Dempsey-Anderson and Dave Odess. Ride with us next year on Sunday, Aug. 19.