2012 New England Ride for Kids®
In 1984, a motorcyclist and newspaper executive by the name of Mike Traynor had a very close friend whose child was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After watching the death of this child, and learning about the plight of thousands of other children stricken with this type of cancer, Mike set out to raise money to find the cause and cure of pediatric brain tumors. He organized a ride in Atlanta, Georgia. 100 motorcyclists attended that event, and they raised $4,000. That ride was later to become known as the first Ride for Kids.
The second Ride for Kids event was held in Chicago in 1989, and Mike left his career behind in 1991 to devote his full time attention to organizing Ride for Kids events across the country. And thus, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States (PBTFUS) was born.
Since 1984, motorcyclists have raised over 64 million dollars through Ride for Kids events to support the PBTFUS in their mission to find the cause and cure of pediatric brain tumors. The PBTFUS has become the largest funding agency in the world for pediatric brain tumor research, outside of the U.S. Government.
The PBTFUS has been honored by Charity Navigator for their sound fiscal responsibility and transparency.
When the first Ride for Kids event was held in 1984, the diagnosis of a pediatric brain tumor was a death sentence. But today, a child under the age of 2 years who is diagnosed with a brain tumor has a 90% chance of survival. In fact, the PBTFUS has awarded over 900 college scholarships to brain tumor survivors! This is pretty amazing, when you consider that when the first Ride for Kids event was held in 1984, there was no such thing as a brain tumor survivor!
To learn more about the Ride for Kids program, please visit: www.ride4kids.org
To learn more about the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, please visit: www.pbtfus.org
Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer deaths in children under the age of fifteen, and for young adults up to the age of thirty-four. 3,400 children are diagnosed with a brain tumor every year, and 1,360 of them will die within 5 years of being diagnosed.
Your tax-deductible donation to my fund raising efforts will fund the development of new therapies that will extend the lives of children with brain tumors, and will ultimately lead to the discovery of the cause and cure of pediatric brain tumors.
And now, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. I am so committed to this cause that I will match every donation made through this web page, dollar for dollar.