Nearly 200 participants gathered for the 23rd Northern California Ride for Kids in Fairfield on Oct. 4.
The family-friendly motorcycle event, which benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, honored Stars Ashley, Avery, Elias, Evan, Jaylen and Vanessa.
Dr. Samuel Ciricillo of the Sutter Neuroscience Institute attended the event to support his patients and other local brain tumor survivors.
“I have really great news since the first time I came to speak at Ride for Kids 20 years ago,” Ciricillo said. “We have made progress to the point that we can predict which kids are going to do great and which kids are going to be challenged. Kudos to Ride for Kids for all of your efforts and ongoing commitment.”
Participants gathered at Solano Community College before taking a scenic route through California’s wine country, passing vineyards, lakes, rivers and farms.
Howard Cooke won the drawing for a new Honda Rebel and a Dunlop tire went to Char Duncan. Mark Gatdula won a Scorpion helmet, and Roger Moraes took home a Cardo Systems Scala Rider TeamSet.
As of Oct. 5, the individuals, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Doug and Sandy Werner ($12,000), Buffalo Soldiers ($13,585) and Hillside Honda Yamaha Marine ($2,723). The top non-motorcycle group was Team Blue ($2,916).
The event had raised $59,342 by ride time, and is still collecting donations online. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Nov. 3.
Thank you to the volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Tina Esquer Christopher, Vanessa Evans and Jim and Char Duncan.