DFW riders raise $135,000
The sixth annual Dallas/Fort Worth Ride for Kids® continues raised $135,000, an 18 percent increase over last year's announced total.
A sunny morning greeted the crowd of 500 motorcyclists and supporters gathered at Grapevine Mills Mall. The riders and their police escort left the metropolitan area for the countryside, enjoying rural scenery before returning for the powerful Celebration of Life program.
Seven Ride for Kids® stars, including 2-year-old Josephine and Cassie, 5, were on stage to talk about their lives. Said Carson , 16, "I can't imagine all of you doing this. Thank you for helping kids with brain tumors."
The program also honored the memory of young Trinity Bright, who died last year at age 7 before she could attend a Ride for Kids® event. Her parents, Angel and John, and their friend Jamie Mancini, held a memorial walk/run to raise funds for the PBTF. They donated more than $15,000 at the ride.
Top individual fundraisers were Gary and Julie Touchstone of Colleyville, who brought $21,888. The top club/chapter was HRCA Maxim Honda of Allen, Texas, with $30,090 in donations. Maxim Honda customers donated a total of $39,043 to give it the top motorcycle business spot. Jasmine Khan of Waco won the grand prize Honda motorcycle.
A heartfelt thanks went to the local Ride for Kids task force and event volunteers, led by Gary and Julie Touchstone, Jeff Latimer, Fetch Daniel, and Shane and Pam Sutton.
Las Vegas riders hit jackpot
The fourth annual Las Vegas Ride for Kids saw a 78 percent increase over last year's event, raising $98,370 for the PBTF on Oct. 5.
Gorgeous weather greeted the 550 motorcyclists and supporters at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A police escort led the riders to Blue Diamond, Nev., passing the stunning Red Rock Canyon and desert mountains along the way.
Eight local brain tumor survivors were honored as Ride for Kids "stars" during the Celebration of Life program. The fundraisers heard from them all, including 4-year-old Brooke, Tobin, 16, and two PBTF scholarship recipients, Alex and Devin.