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Knoxville and Kansas City riders raise $101,000

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Knoxville star Jessica  right  gets ready to ride.
Knoxville star Jessica (right) is ready to ride.
Ride for Kids events in Knoxville and Kansas City combined to raise $101,155 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) on July 29. 

Knoxville rides for worthy cause
Knoxville, Tenn., hosted its 12th Ride for Kids on July 29, and the event didn’t disappoint the 175 participants. The group raised $59,722 to help children like Joseph, Zachary, Dawn, Hannah, Jessica S., Grace, and Jessica M.

These brain tumor survivors were at the head of the column of bikes that left Pellissippi Community College and traveled through the eastern Tennessee countryside. After the hour-long ride, the “stars” of the day took center stage, along with a local pediatric oncologist.

“The funds that all of you help raise for research, provides advanced technology such as the florescent light surgery that can detect if all the tumor was removed,” said Dr. Susan Spiller from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

The top fundraisers were:
• Individuals: Walter Mailskey, $5,205
• Motorcycle club/chapter: GWRRA TN-B, $8,590
• Motorcycle business: (tie) Honda of Knoxville and Destination Motorsports, each $5,815
• Special organization: Hannah’s Army Angels, $4,180
Hardee’s Restaurants in the region contributed $35,497 from fundraising pinups. “We’re honored to support such a worthy cause,” said Hardees vice president Scott Walker.

Drawing prizes went to Catheryn Henning (Honda motorcycle); Henry Carser (AGV helmet); Geoffrey Greene (Dunlop tire); John Maliskey (Tourmaster luggage); and Gary Grove (Cardo Scala Rider).

Many thanks to the great volunteer team that organizes the Knoxville event. This year’s task force leaders were Tom and Kathy Peck, Rick and Cindy Valentine, and Sue Dau

Frances  right  enjoys her first Ride for Kids in Kansas City.
Frances (right) enjoys her first Ride for Kids in Kansas City.
Kansas City riders lead way to research
Frances, Ben, Zander, Carter, Jake, Collins, Noah, and J.T. put the “kids” in the ninth Kansas City Ride for Kids yesterday. These young people were part of an event that raised $41,433 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Johnson County Community College in Overland Park hosted the 225 participants on a hot, sunny day. After a rural ride that passed five lakes and a waterfall, everyone returned to the college to celebrate the kids.

“Fifty children a year are diagnosed with a brain tumor in the Kansas City area alone,” said Dr. Richard Shore, a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital. “Because of the research the PBTF funds, there have been lots of advances and clinical trials.”

The top fundraisers in Kansas City were:
• Individual: Gary & Mary Droege, $4,651
• Motorcycle club/chapter: Prairie Red Riders, $4,480
• Motorcycle business: Engle Motors, $7,540
• Special organization: Carter’s Team, $1,001
The drawing prize winners were: Lisa Polka (Honda motorcycle); Kim Freese (AGV helmet); Ben Freese (Dunlop tire); Jeff Griswold (Tourmaster luggage); and Don Decker (Cardo Scala Rider).

The Kansas City Ride for Kids was a group effort, and this year’s volunteer leaders were Kim Freese, Don Decker, Jeff Griswold, and Darren Marshall.

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