Honda scooters lead Sacramento Ride For Kids
On a day just made for motorcycling, 800 riders gathered in Sacramento, CA, bringing with them $138,431 in donations to fund the programs of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the US, who awards grantsto medical researchers working to find the cause and cure for brain tumors, the disease that takes more children’s lives in Americathan any other.
"When it comes to treating these kids, we're doing things today that were only just dreams a few years ago," said Dr. Michael Edwards, a neurosurgeon who rode his own motorcycle in the event. As he shared how much progress has been made with the 800+ riders present, even Dr. Edwards had tears in his eyes when he introduced them to 32-year-old Mark Ford, a patient survivor who he had treated some thirteen years ago. Mark related to the crowd how important the research is to him personally, because the results have allowed him to have a very complete life that included a wife and two great kids. Mark promised to be back on his own bike in the future.
The sun was not even peeking over the horizon when the volunteers first arrived at the All Pro Auto Parts headquarters to begin setting up the event. By the time the California Highway Patrol arrived to lead the motorcyclists non-stop to the Amador County Fairgrounds, the sun was shining brightly and what had been a cool morning was already turning into a warm day. The motorcyclists were treated to a beautiful ride into the rolling hills of the California Gold Country.
As the motorcyclists, families and friends arrived at the end point, lunches were served as riders found their way to the big top tent. There the motorcyclists partcipated in the Ride for Kids® Celebration of Life, listening to the brave stories of the kids and families who are fighting brain tumors.
As the kids unrolled the big check, everyone roared with delight to learn that the Sacramento Ride for Kids® had raised $138,431 to support the programs of Pediatric Brain Tumor foundation of the US.
Task Force leaders Jon and Kathy Carlson thanked a very hardworking Task Force for their support in creating a very successful day full of fun, joy and hope for families and motorcyclists alike.
The day’s Champion Fundraiser, Eugene Radin, brought in $10,010. The Top Chapter/Club Fundraiser award went to the Redwood Riders, with $17,373. And the Top Shop honors went to the Wing Nut, with $12,501. A very excited John Grow was the winner of a brand newHonda motorcycle, the event’s grand prize.
The Sacramento Ride for Kids® is one of 22 Ride for Kids® events scheduled in 2002 by the PBTFUS to support research and family support programs.
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