Weekend Ride for Kids Events Raise More Than $341,000 for PBTF

Publish Date: 
Oct 6, 2008

RIDE FOR KIDS EVENTS in California, Texas and Nevada raised more than $341,000 yesterday for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Sacramento tops $108,000
More than 250 riders and supporters in California 's capital city met in Woodland for the 16th annual Sacramento Ride for Kids®, which raised $108,295 for the PBTF.

The beautiful morning was perfect for a police-escorted ride through northern California 's "Gold Country." Back at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, the Celebration of Life program honored 14 local brain tumor patients, including 3-year-old Liliana and Darren, 11.

Survivor Jamie, 20, got a standing ovation when her letter was read that said, "Thanks to new treatments, I have already surpassed the estimated time of survival by six years."

Dr. Sam Ciricillo, a pediatric neurosurgeon with the Sutter Neuroscience Medical Group, also spoke to the group.

The top individual fundraisers once again this year were Ann and Kirk Harry of El Dorado Hills, Calif., who raised $25,065 in memory of their son Sam. Capital City Wings, GWRRA CA-C of Sacramento , was the top club/chapter with $34,031 raised, and with $29,986, the top motorcycle business was Malott's Honda of Manteca.

The grand prize Honda motorcycle went to Chuck Gillingham of Witter Springs, Calif.

Special thanks went to the local Ride for Kids® task force and event volunteers, led by Lillian and Jack Cushman, Kathy and Jon Carlson, and Steve Long.

Nine-year-old Dallas ride star Summer and her twin sister, Sydney, get ready to roll.