Ride For Kids-Ready for the next 20 years
Thanks to over 16,000 touring riders, cruisers, sport bikers, dual-sporters and off-road riders across the country, the motorcycling community once again demonstrated its support for children battling brain tumors by raising more than $3.1 million in 2002 for the Ride for Kids program.
The 22 Ride for Kids events held last year were sponsored by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States (the Foundation), whose mission is to find the cause and cure for childhood brain tumors and to support the families that have children afflicted with this most deadly disease.
"More kids lose their lives to brain tumors than any other cancer, and 8-9 more kids are diagnosed every day," said Foundation President Mike Traynor. "The motorcycling community is responsible for making the Foundation the world's largest non-governmental source of childhood brain tumor research and family support," he continued.
"Our goal when we started the Ride for Kids program 19 years ago was to find the cause and cure of childhood brain tumors," said Dianne Traynor, the Foundation's Director of Research and Grant Programs. "Today we are seeing some exciting new developments in the laboratory that will one day lead to treatments that are radically different and far less debilitating than the options currently available," she continued.
Reflecting on the growth of contributions over those in 2001, Pete terHorst, the Foundation's Executive Director said, "This was a challenging year for the economy. It was a significant achievement for our riders and sponsors to meet our common goals, and these children and their families truly appreciate the motorcyclist's dedication and hard work."
Indeed, in a year where many charitable causes saw a decline in contributions, the Foundation experienced its first year above $3 million in Ride for Kids contributions. The Foundation is funding 35 active research and family support grants totaling more than $3 million.
"We thank all our fundraisers for their phenomenal effort this year," said terHorst. "And we'd especially like to recognize our Top Fundraiser, Mr. Bob Henig, who also is the owner of our Top Shop, Bob's BMW of Jessup, MD. Our Top Chapter/Club award went to the Gold Wing Road Riders Assoc.IL G2 in Gurnee, IL."
Tyler Wright contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.all-motorcycle-helmets.com.
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