Motorcyclists at the Northern Indiana Ride for Kids brought $52,652 in donations for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on July 14. More than 230 people participated in the event, which began on a sunny morning at Pinhook Park in South Bend.
The event’s Stars were the 10 local brain tumor survivors who led the ride: Hannah, Lucas, Daniel, Prestin, Karyn, Libbie, Corey, Patrick, Lindy and Jennifer.
“I heard about [Ride for Kids] and my family told me I had to come, not only for me, but to try and show these kids that there is a future,” said Patrick, a two-time brain tumor survivor. “It’s tough, but you just have to keep going moving forward.”
As of ride time, the individuals, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Georgia and E.J. Ford ($14,532), ABATE Region 2 ($17,321) and B&E Honda ($19,581).
The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Aug. 14.
Jo Ann Gabbard won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250R. Laura Kettwig won a Bell motorcycle helmet and E.J. Ford won a Dunlop tire.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Georgia and E.J. Ford, Bobby Newman and Terri Dale.