Oct 1, 2012
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Ride for Kids in Las Vegas raises $59,000
Motorcyclists in Las Vegas raised $59,196 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on a hot, sunny desert day yesterday. Nine families of brain tumor patients were at the event, along with 500 of their biggest fans.
The enthusiastic crowd met at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before taking scenic roads to the Park at Town Square Mall.
The stars of the event were Kassidy, Alex, Devin, Cheyenne, Tobin, Nicole, Bradley, Hannah, and Nico, who said, "Thank you for your time. Just being out here for us makes a difference."
Doctors like Jonathan Bernstein are also making a difference. "The federal government has shorted funds for brain tumor research," he said. "The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation makes up for it."
Motorcyclists are the ones making up the difference. The top fundraisers in Las Vegas were:
Individual: Cheyenne Stoner, $6,001
Motorcycle club/chapter: Desert Riders, $7,111
Motorcycle business: Carter Powersports, $6,873
Victor Alvarado won the drawing for a new Honda motorcycle. Last year's motorcycle winner, brain tumor survivor Tobin Volberding, rode his bike in this year's event.
Other drawing prizes went to Mic Williams (AGV helmet); Nicole Coleman (Dunlop tire); Glen Collinsworth (Tourmaster luggage); and Randy Orr (Cardo Scala Rider).
The Las Vegas Ride for Kids was made possible by a team of volunteers, led by Bill Gaither, Frank and Linda Kostelac, Tami Belt, Tammy and James Richardson, and Rosalind Edwards. Next year's event is on Sunday, Sept. 29.
About the PBTF Ride for Kids
Ride for Kids supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), the world's largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research. It also provides family support programs. We thank our presenting sponsor, Honda Riders Club of America, and our national insurance sponsor, GEICO. The next Ride for Kids events are in Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego on Sunday, Oct. 7. Learn more at or call 800-253-6530.