RFK- Triangle

May 15, 2005

Triangle Area Ride for Kids Event Raises $40,000 to Fight Pediatric Brain Tumors

Motorcyclists from around North Carolina came out in full force on Sunday, May 15, 2005, to show their support for young brain tumor survivors at the 2nd annual Triangle Area Ride for Kids®. Before the day was done, they had raised more than $40,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s research and family support programs.

A bright, sunny day greeted 380 motorcyclists as they gathered at Cary Towne Center mall for a 53-mile road ride. The riders went past farms, wooded areas and lakes before reaching the Lee County Emergency Services Training Center at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford. At the end point, they joined a special Celebration of Life program featuring nine Ride for Kids® “Stars,” ranging in age from three to 14.

Thirteen-year-old Bryan, a sixth-grader who loves science, has been fighting brain cancer since he was four. “It is just as hard as you think,” his mom, Janet, told the crowd. “We get overwhelmed, but not defeated. We’ve gone from no hope to pretty good success treating these tumors,” she said. “We need to continue this research.”

Some of the world’s most promising research is being done at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Institute at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, by Dr. Hai Yan. “Your hard work brings our research forward,” he told the motorcyclists. “Seeing these beautiful children in the hospital makes me want to find the answer to the question ‘why’ they get brain tumors. Every single dollar you’ve raised today is going to help us find the cause.”

Top Individual Fundraiser honors went to Pat and Ray Griffin of Archdale, who raised $3,070. The Top Club, GWRRA NC-E2 of Elizabeth City, raised $8,237, while the customers of Team Powersports of Garner made it the Top Dealer with $10,256 in donations. The total raised at the Triangle ride was $40,350. Mitchell Beeler of Fayetteville was the winner of a brand-new Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle.

Heartfelt appreciation went to volunteer Task Force Leaders Rod and Maxine Gilvey and Bettie and L.J. McDade, along with their dedicated volunteers, for conducting a successful Ride for Kids® event.

Proceeds of the events fund the medical research and family support programs of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Since 1984, the national Ride for Kids® program and PBTF have supported childhood brain tumor research and family support programs. Programs include free literature about brain tumors, the Helping Hand and Caring Hand national newsletters, the Informed Parent Internet Conference series and college scholarships for young brain tumor survivors. Thanks to the thousands of caring and generous motorcyclists and motorcycle dealers who have supported the program since its inception, PBTF has become the world’s largest non-governmental source of funding for pediatric brain tumor research.

For more information about the Ride for Kids® and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, please visit pbtfus.org , or call (800) 253-6530.