ATLANTA, GA - More than 2,000 people came together Sunday, June 2, to help children with brain tumors at the 19th annual Atlanta Ride for Kids®. This year’s warm and sunny ride offered a new route for motorcyclists, who rode 50 scenic miles from Atlanta to the rolling hills of Dahlonega, GA.
The oldest and largest Ride for Kids® event in the country proved once again to be a success, raising $282,665 in donations for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the U.S. The Foundation works to find the cause and cure of childhood brain tumors through medical research grants and family support programs.
The highlight for participants was when Mandy Dean, a brain tumor survivor who has attended the Atlanta Ride for Kids® for the last 8 years, was awarded the most recent PBTFUS educational scholarship by Foundation President Mike Traynor. She told those in attendance their support did make a difference, and received a standing ovation when she announced her career goals.
“Now I want to help children with cancer,” she said.
Top fund-raising individuals at this year’s Atlanta Ride were Tommy and Connie Smith, who raised $18,850 for brain tumor research. The top fund-raising chapter was the Gold Wing Road Riders Association GA-T, bringing $46,200 in donations. Once again, the top fund-raising motorcycle shop was Gary’s Hobbie Shop, with customer’s bringing in $60,219. An excited Carrie McDaniel, of Winder, GA, jumped for joy when her name was called as the lucky winner of a new Honda motorcycle. Congratulations went out to Task Force Leaders Jim and Nona Unversaw and the nearly 500 volunteers for putting together another successful event.
The next Ride for Kids® event will be June 22 in Knoxville, TN. For more information about the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the U.S. or the Ride for Kids® visit www.ride4kids.org
online, or call (800) 253-6530.