Motorcyclists at the Northern Indiana Ride for Kids

Star Hannah & Parents prepare for the Northern Indiana Ride for Kids.
Star Hannah & Parents prepare for the Northern Indiana Ride for Kids.

Motorcyclists at the Northern Indiana Ride for Kids brought $52,652 in donations for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on July 14. More than 230 people participated in the event, which began on a sunny morning at Pinhook Park in South Bend.

The event’s Stars were the 10 local brain tumor survivors who led the ride: Hannah, Lucas, Daniel, Prestin, Karyn, Libbie, Corey, Patrick, Lindy and Jennifer.

“I heard about [Ride for Kids] and my family told me I had to come, not only for me, but to try and show these kids that there is a future,” said Patrick, a two-time brain tumor survivor. “It’s tough, but you just have to keep going moving forward.”

As of ride time, the individuals, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Georgia and E.J. Ford ($14,532), ABATE Region 2 ($17,321) and B&E Honda ($19,581).

The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Aug. 14.

Jo Ann Gabbard won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250R. Laura Kettwig won a Bell motorcycle helmet and E.J. Ford won a Dunlop tire.

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Georgia and E.J. Ford, Bobby Newman and Terri Dale.

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Northern Indiana Ride for Kids® brings over $72,000

Riders at the Northern Indiana Ride for Kids® didn’t let the heat wave stop them from raising $72,764 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF) yesterday in South Bend.

The warmth of the day matched the smiles on the faces of brain tumor survivors Jon, Hannah, Lindy, Jennifer, Daniel, Karyn, Libbie, and Corey as they led hundreds of police-escorted motorcycles from Pinhook Park through the countryside and back.

The program after the ride featured interviews with these “stars” and their parents. “We’ve been on a road that has had a lot of ups and downs, but for every bad thing we’ve seen, a lot of good things have come our way,” Jon’s mom, Jo, told the 250 participants. “You have become an extension of our family.”

The top fundraisers were:

  • Individuals: Georgia & E.J. Ford, $15,818
  • Motorcycle club/chapter: ABATE Region 2, $23,029
  • Motorcycle business: B&E Honda, $21,117
  • Special organization: NW Indiana Parrothead Club, $9,014

The drawing prize winners were Rosa Nelson (Honda motorcycle); Michael Vance (AGV helmet); Georgia Ford (Dunlop tire); Patrick Emole (Tourmaster gift certificate) and Connie Gless (Cardo Scala Rider).

Ride for Kids® events are made possible by the tireless efforts of volunteers. The Northern Indiana team was led this year by Georgia and E.J. Ford and Bobby Newman. Task force leaders from Indianapolis, Michigan, Knoxville, Wisconsin, and Albuquerque also joined the ride.

About the PBTF Ride for Kids®
Ride for Kids® supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF) by funding medical research and family support programs. We thank our presenting sponsor, Honda Riders Club of America, and our national insurance sponsor, GEICO. The Chicagoland, Minnesota and Utica Ride for Kids® events are coming up on Sunday, July 15. Learn more at www.rideforkids.org or call 800-253-6530.

Hannah’s sweet smile says it all at yesterday’s Ride for Kids® in South Bend.
Hannah’s sweet smile says it all at yesterday’s Ride for Kids® in South Bend.

Ride for Kids in South Bend raises over $71,000 for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

July 12, 2010
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Contact: Mary O. Ratcliffe
800-253-6530 or mratcliffe@rideforkids.org

Ride for Kids® in South Bend raises over $71,000
for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation®

Brain tumor survivor Hannah enjoys her sidecar ride in South Bend.
Brain tumor survivor Hannah enjoys her sidecar ride in South Bend.

Beautiful blue skies in South Bend, Ind., made for a great day for the Ride for Kids® on July 11. Over 350 motorcyclists, fundraisers, volunteers and families turned out for the event, which raised $71,866 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF).

Nine local brain tumor survivors accompanied the 90-minute ride through rural Indiana. These “stars”—including 6-year-old Carrie and PBTF scholarship recipient Libby, 19—returned to Pinhook Park after the ride for a moving Celebration of Life.

Carrie’s mom, Katrina, told the riders that their support goes a long way. “This disease tears families apart,” she said. “Thank you so much for all you do to help us.”

Adult brain tumor survivor Lyn Stevens, a nurse practitioner with St. Anthony Memorial Health Center in Michigan City, Ind., spoke for herself as well as the medical community when she said, “There is always a silver lining in a gray cloud and you are it.”

The event’s top fundraisers were:

  • Individuals: E.J. & Georgia Ford, $17,005
  • Club/Chapter: GWRRA IN-R2, $21,045
  • Motorcycle Business: B&E Honda, $21,075

Many thanks go to South Bend’s volunteer task force, led this year by Bobby Newman, E.J. and Georgia Ford, Fred Johnson, John Zepik and Tony Certa.

About the PBTF Ride for Kids®
The national Ride for Kids® program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF) promote childhood brain tumor research and provide family support through free literature about brain tumors, educational newsletters, online conferences and college scholarships. The 2010 Ride for Kids® season continues on July 18 with events in Chicagoland, Minnesota, and Utica, N.Y. For more information, go to http://www.rideforkids.org/ or call 800-253-6530.…

Motorcyclists top $91,000 at South Bend Ride for Kids

July 13, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary O. Ratcliffe
800-253-6530 or mratcliffe@rideforkids.org

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Brain tumor survivor Isabella and Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis wowed the crowd at the South Bend ride.

 

The seventh annual Ride for Kids® in South Bend, Ind., honored 11 brain tumor survivors and raised $91,682 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation yesterday.

Blue skies and sunshine greeted the crowd of 450 gathered at Pinhook Park. The riders and their police escort toured the countryside around South Bend, cruising past rolling meadows and farmland for an hour and a half before returning for the Celebration of Life.

The program brought the motorcyclists face to face with many of the children they ride to help, including 5-year-old Carrie and 11-year-old Lucas. PBTF college scholarship recipient Juliana said, “People think I’m different, and I am, thanks to the battle I intend to win.”

Dr. Tim Griffin, medical director of oncology at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, told the motorcyclists how researchers use the funds raised to search for a cure.

Another VIP guest was Charlie Weis, head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, who donated $1,000 to the cause. “You guys are the nuts and bolts that run the PBTF,” he told the riders. “I have a special needs child of my own at home, so I know what many of the families go through.”

The top fundraisers were:

  • Individuals: Gregory Koliboski & Samantha Paull, $19,297
  • Club/Chapter: ABATE Region #2, $27,835
  • Motorcycle Business: Calumet Harley-Davidson/Buell, $20,997

Bobby Newman of LaPorte, Ind., won the drawing for a new Honda motorcycle.

Many thanks went to the local volunteer task force, led by Bobby and Claudette Newman, E.J. and Georgia Ford, and Fred and Sandy Johnson.

About the PBTF Ride for Kids®
The national Ride for Kids® program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) promote childhood brain tumor research and provide family support through free literature about brain tumors, educational newsletters, online conferences and college scholarships. The next Ride for Kids® events are on July 19 in Chicago, Minnesota and Utica, N.Y. For more information, go tohttp://www.rideforkids.org/ or call 800-253-6530.…