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GA, VA Ride for Kids Donations Top $208,000

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Motorcyclists prepare for the 30th Annual Ride for Kids event in Atlanta.
Motorcyclists prepare for the 30th Annual Ride for Kids event in Atlanta.
Thirty years ago, an estimated 100 motorcyclists joined together in Atlanta to raise $4,000 to help children with brain tumors.

That single event gave rise to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, which has raised more than $70 million.

The 30th Atlanta Ride for Kids raised $161,039 as of ride time. More than 375 people participated in the event, which began on a cloudy morning at North Point Mall in Alpharetta and ended at Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega.

The event’s Stars were the six local brain tumor survivors who led the ride: Marshall, Christopher, Mandy, Maddie, Jessica and Stacy.

“Because of funding we have great new surgical tools that help more kids go home. Now we have targeted radiation causing much less damage than in the early days,” said Dr. William Boydston of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

As of June 2, the individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Jay Haller ($11,350), GWRRA GA-T ($15,595) and Earl Small’s Harley-Davidson ($22,455). The leading non-motorcycle group was Hunter’s Helping Hands ($21,925).

The total amount raised included $9,545 from a PBTF pinup campaign at Hardee’s Restaurants in the region.

The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through July 2.

Paul Amason won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250R. Wanda Allgood won a Bell motorcycle helmet and a Dunlop tire.

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Steve and Morissa Burwell, Carrie Patterson and Bill and Vicky Phelps. 

Star Kevin Freeland  right  gets ready for the Virginia Ride for Kids.
Star Kevin Freeland (right) gets ready for the Virginia Ride for Kids.
Motorcyclists in Virginia have rallied to raise funds for children fighting brain tumors for the past 11 years. On June 2, more than 175 individuals participated in the Virginia Ride for Kids in Mechanicsville to support the PBTF.

The event, held at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, featured sunny skies and warm temperatures. The Stars of the day were brain tumor survivors Kevin and Amy.

As of ride time, the event had raised $47,815 for the PBTF. The individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Mike Seibert ($6,253), Richmond Riders ($12,568) and Honda House ($16,113). The leading non-motorcycle group was Team Kevin.

The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through July 2.

Connie Newman won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250R, and a Bell helmet went to William Cox. Luther Atkinson won a Dunlop tire.

Thank you to the hardworking volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Pete Nelson, Mike Seibert, Keri Abrams and Kate Musk.

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