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Aug 9, 2010

Pittsburgh Ride For Kids Raises $55,574 For Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

Motorcyclists put on a tremendous show of support for kids with brain tumors in Pittsburgh yesterday, bringing $55,574 in donations to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation®'s Ride for Kids®.

The 10th annual event brought together over 300 riders and other fans on a gorgeous summer morning. Several of the nine Ride for Kids® "stars" and their families joined the ride from the Home Depot in Cranberry Township to Slippery Rock University. Along the 70-mile route, they traveled winding hillside roads with views of Lake Arthur and Moraine State Park.

Next came the Celebration of Life, which showcased the brain tumor survivors' stories. Zachary's mom, Heidi, said, "What I find so amazing is when we are out of options, the doctors keep coming up with new options for us because of your support. Zachary is our gift and we love to share him with all of you."

Meteorologist Jon Burrnett from KDKA Channel 2 CBS added, "We all could be doing other things, but none are better than this."

Many generous people contributed to the success of the ride. Pittsburgh's top fundraisers were:

* Individuals: Larry Coffield & Kay Mooney, $6,377
* Club/Chapter: GWRRA PA-D, $15,920
* Motorcycle Business: Zanotti Motor Co., $12,845

Many thanks go to the great Ride for Kids® volunteer team in Pittsburgh, led by Gordon Snyder, Linda Eaves, Laura Ebbert, Steve Kovac, and Mike and Darlene Ammerman.

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 Aug. 14 in Salt Lake City and Aug. 15 in Fiskdale, Mass. For more information, go to www.rideforkids.org/ or call 800-253-6530.