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|Ride for Kids Star Leon (left) takes a seat in a sidecar before the start of the Houston event.|
A weekend of severe weather in the Houston area came to a halt just in time for the 21st annual Houston Ride for Kids on April 28. More than 250 participants gathered for event, which had raised $239,681 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation at ride time.
The event’s Stars were the 10 local brain tumor survivors who led the ride in the Humble area: Javier, Leon, Nick, Noah, Garrett, Michael, Kaitlyn, Jake, Ethan and Trent. Dr. Jack Su from Texas Children’s Hospital spoke at the morning event.
“These stars are here because of the research that has been done over the last 30 years,” Su said. “They are here because of the PBTF. They go above and beyond government funding. Research is the key to unlocking the mysteries of cancer, all you bikers out there are my heroes.”
As of April 29, the individual, motorcycle club/chapter and dealer with the most raised were Wayne Zelke ($13,000), GWRRA TX-C ($40,757) and Northwest Honda ($139,680). The leading non-motorcycle group was In memory of Gene Brady ($11,725).
The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through May 28.
Rick Lowe won the drawing for a new Honda Gold Wing, and a Bell motorcycle helmet went to Ricky Frazier. Ronda Robles won the Dunlop tire.
Thank you to the hardworking volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Ronnie Lunsford, Janet Bryant, and Judy and Steve Ferguson.
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