Lafayette, La., hosted its eighth Ride for Kids event yesterday to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). The event raised $31,214 for family support and research.
More than 130 riders and supporters gathered at SLEMCO headquarters on a warm fall day for the ride, which went through scenic bayou country. It was followed by a Celebration of Life program that honored children with brain tumors.
Participants were reminded that although many children survive their illness, there is still much work to be done. “Because of the [PBTF], my son was able to make it another six years,” said Jon of his late son, Brian. “[They] aren’t just looking for a cure, but also for better treatments for a better quality of life.”
Louisiana motorcyclists support that search, said a representative of the top fundraising chapter. “Everyone works hard all year so that the kids will be cured someday,” he said.
Leading the fundraising efforts were:
Charles and Anita Porche, $8,074
GWRRA LA-F, $10,304
• Motorcycle Business:
Garrett Honda Country, $9,304
Many thanks went to task force leaders Bullet and Nancy McGee, Charles and Anita Porche, and James and Randy Pourteau. Planning has already begun for next year’s ride, Oct. 23, 2011, at SLEMCO in Lafayette.