2012 Los Angeles Ride for Kids®
MICHAEL & AMANDA YORK'S FUNDRAISING PAGE
This will be our EIGHT Los Angeles Ride for Kids that we have participated in. Last year, through YOUR generosity, Amanda and I helped raise $13,116 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. We REALLY need your help this year as we have set a very lofty donation goal of $20,000! This will be the 21st year for the Ride for Kids event in Los Angeles, and the 29th year nationally. Our goal this year is to make it the most successful event to date, and that will be quite a feat as last year the event raised $227,315 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Amanda was an honored guest at the event, as a brain tumor survivor she was given a special blue T-Shirt identifying her as a brain tumor survivor 'STAR' along with about 11 other survivors. Amanda along with the other 'STAR's rode on a bike at the front of the pack of approximately 500 motorcycles that attended the event. What a sight, those 500 motorcycles stretched out on a wonderful police escorted ride through the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Bystanders were waving, and motorists honked their horns, what a day, truly a day to remember! (In 2010 we had about 1,000 motorcycles, but unfortunately it rained in the morning last year detering a large number of the potentuial attendees).
As most of you are aware this is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts, as our family has been directly effected by this insidious disease. Our story had a happy ending as our daughter Amanda has largely recovered from her disease and as you read this she has graduated from UCLA summa cum laude, and has a great job at Cox Communications. We as parents are so proud of what she has accomplished. However, we are all to aware that many familes are not so lucky and the list of those who did not survive their battle grows longer daily. Every day 11 children are diagnosed with a brain tumor in the US, and sadly within five years 4 of those children will lose their battle. Personally, I find that figure offensive and unacceptable. I can't begin to explain to you the total devastation we felt when Amanda was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was without question the worst time of our lives, and one that we hope no others will have to face. But the reality is that many others face that similar experience each and every day. Just take a moment to imagine what these families and children must be going through. However, with your help we can change the prognosis for others. Through the monies raised by the PBTF great advances have and will continue to be made. Again, WE CAN and WILL make a difference. Please help, your donation will help save a childs life! THANK YOU in advance for your generosity.
Michael, Karen, Amanda, Meredith and Ryan York
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