Motorcyclists like E.J. Ford (right) lead Ride for Kids fundraising efforts that help brain tumor survivors like Nikki.
Children with brain tumors have some powerful friends in the motorcycling community. Contributions to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) Ride for Kids held steady in 2011, with more than $4.5 million raised through events, corporate and local sponsorships, and donated goods and services.
“The road is full of twists and turns, but motorcyclists, volunteers and sponsors didn’t waver in their support in 2011,” said Ride for Kids National Director Kyle Clack. “More families were able to celebrate another year together because of them, and we are so grateful for that commitment.”
Ride for Kids recognizes top fundraisers in three categories: motorcycle business, motorcycle club/chapter, and individual. The overall leaders for 2011 were:
• Northwest Honda of Houston was the No. 1 motorcycle business again this year, thanks to customers bringing a total of $221,427 to Ride for Kids events in Houston, Dallas, Lafayette, La., Albuquerque, and Birmingham.
• Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) TX-C was also a repeat winner from Houston. Its members turned in $82,932 in donations at four Ride for Kids events to make TX-C the country’s top motorcycle chapter.
• Texan Sam Caine was the largest individual fundraiser, collecting $53,302 for the Dallas/Fort Worth Ride for Kids.
Strong industry partners
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is fortunate to be the charity of choice for many companies in the motorcycle industry. The presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids is the Honda Riders Club of America, part of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Our exclusive national insurance sponsor is GEICO.
We are also grateful for the support we receive from Cycle World, Advanstar Communications and the International Motorcycle Shows, and from event prize sponsors AGV Helmets, Dunlop Tires, Tourmaster Luggage and Cardo Systems. Many other media outlets, after-market companies, motorcycle dealerships, and individuals also help us spread the word throughout the year.
Medical research and family support.
The PBTF has Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars. Over 85 percent of every dollar raised goes toward our programs, including medical research and family support.
Motorcyclists have fueled the PBTF’s position as the world’s leading non-governmental source of childhood brain tumor research funding. We have supported projects at more than 50 facilities worldwide, including our three PBTF Institutes at Duke University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada.
We also help families by producing free educational literature and informative conferences, and by awarding college scholarships to brain tumor survivors.
Come ride with us!
Ride for Kids has helped the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation raise over $64 million to date. We welcome all makes and models of street-legal motorcycles at our events. Our 2012 season starts April 15 in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Learn more at www.rideforkids.org.