Dual sport riders in Southern California raised more than dust in the San Bernardino National Forest recently. The 250 participants also brought $37,483 in donations for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF).
The warm, sunny day began with a free pancake breakfast at Glen Helen Raceway, followed by awards to top fundraisers and interviews with local brain tumor survivors Bryan, Amanda and Kate.
Amanda, a PBTF scholarship recipient, graduated from college near the top of her class. “My wish is that soon we won’t need to raise money because we will be able to cure all pediatric brain tumors,” she told the crowd.
• Individual: Loyd Waters, $5,000
• Club/chapter: Orange County Dualies, $8,760
• Motorcycle business: Simi Valley Honda Can-Am Spyder, $14,675
Thanks to our Ride for Kids sponsors for providing the drawing prizes that went to Eric Sargent (Honda motorcycle); Jeff Heine (Dunlop tire); Gabriela Castillo (AGV helmet); Ron Cepec (Tourmaster luggage); and Loyd Waters (Cardo Scala Rider headset).
After the program, the riders traveled over 100 miles through the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest on remote trails, gravel roads and forest service roads.
The Southern California Dual Sport Ride for Kids thanks AMA District 37 Dual Sport and the U.S. Forest Service for their support. This event is organized by volunteers, led this year by Jim and Roberta Woods, Chris and Loretta Casteel, Kieth Huff, Buddy Percin and Paul Flanders.
Ride for Kids supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) by funding medical research and family support programs. We thank our presenting sponsor, Honda Riders Club of America, and our national insurance sponsor, GEICO. The next Ride for Kids events are in Houston, Texas, and the Triangle Area of North Carolina on May 1. Learn more at www.rideforkids.org or call 800-253-6530.