Wendy and I are raising money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. This year we are dedicating our fund raising efforts to the memory of Scott "Scotty" Ross, Mike Traynor and all the kids and their families who face the daily challenges of life with a deadly Brain Tumor.
The National Ride for Kids program has become our passion. Over the years we have met some remarkable families that have been affected by this disease. These children and their families are some of the bravest people we know. No one should have deal with the suffering and loss they go through. Unfortunately some of the kids are no longer with us. That is why we are asking you to join us along with thousands of other volunteers that are making a real difference. Help us give these courageous kids
One more day, One more month, Another year of Life.
Below is a excerpt from Jim and Jodi Watkinson, Aunt and Uncle of one of our kids that is no longer with us.
Imagine being told that your 18 month old son has Leukemia.
Imagine the pain of watching him as he suffers through Chemotherapy, Radiation and eventually 2 bone marrow transplants.
Imagine the stress of waiting for the results of the endless tests.
Imagine the roller coaster ride of being told that he is in remission, then that he has fallen out of remission or has some other problem associated with his treatment.
Imagine the joy of watching this boy grow into a passionate, sensitive young man, an advocate for the disabled, a role model to all his friends.
Imagine that at 16 he is diagnosed with a brain tumor, and that surgery is performed to remove it, followed by more chemo and radiation.
Imagine that at 19 yrs old, tests show that the tumor has returned, there is nothing more that can be done, and you are being sent home and told to enjoy what time you have left. Imagine watching your son slowly succumb to the brain tumor and never lose his faith, dignity, or sense of humor.
This is the story of Bill and Joan Ross and their son Scott Patrick Ross.
Imagine that you can help find a cure and prevent other families from having to go through this.
Everyday ELEVEN families are told that a child of theirs has a Brain Tumor. Of those families, 4 of the children will not survive.
The Ride for Kids supports the the efforts of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. A non-profit charitable 501(c) (3) foundation. We raise money to fund medical research* increase public awareness about the severity and prevalence of childhood brain tumors* aid in early detection and treatment of childhood brain tumors*support a national database on all primary brain tumors* provide hope and emotional support for the thousands of children and their families affected by this life threatening disease* fund a Collage scholorship for survivors. Please know that nearly 85% of the monies raised go to the above programs. This foundation use's your donation carefully and with much consideration.
Your donation , no matter how large or small becomes a symbol of hope to the children and their families, as they face the challenge of daily life, hoping the next medical discovery will be the key to a healthy future.
Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to our fund raising efforts. However, if you prefer to mail a check, make it out to the "Ride for Kids" our address is: 7810 Yorktown Pl. Los Angeles, CA. 90045. Many thanks for your support -- and dont forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Louis and Wendy Vanderveen