Steven and Sean on the Polar Bear Cam
Steven and Sean on the Polar Bear Cam

Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Very Belated Ride For Kids

Steven with Regina and Jordan in the back

Every year, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation hosts the Ride for Kids, a nationwide fundraiser whose purpose is to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research.

Steven and Regina

Motorcycle riders raise money, then they come to one of the rides, where they take brain tumor kids and their families on the backs of the bikes or in sidecars. This ride took place last October.

Steven and Jordan

The money they raise also goes to college scholarships for brain tumor patients, and every year there are several college scholarship recipients at the event.

Jordan loves Steven

This year we invited Diana to bring Regina and her little brother Gabriel to come down for the ride.

Bandit, the motorcycle-riding dog

One of the riders had a remote control motorcycle that would drive around with his dog sittin on the seat.

Sean in the sidecar

Adults and the bigger kids usually ride on the back of someone's bike, the little kids ride in sidecars.

Jordan's little brother Ben

At the end of the hour-long ride, we got back and no Steven. We made inquiries, many calls were made, and we determined that the bike with Steven had mechanical problems early in the ride.

Doug drove out and got him, he'd been waiting for an hour accompanied by his rider and everything was fine.

Regina being interviewed

After the ride they served lunch and announced how much money each rider raised. Next the kids went on stage. Regina was shy, but it was her first time.

Diana holding Regina, Jordan being interviewed and Steven waiting his turn

At last year's Ride for Kids, Jordan wouldn't say a word, but this year she was the star of the show.

Steven being interviewed

Steven is usually very shy also in front of a microphone, but he did well this year.

Presenting the check (I like the way Regina is barely touching the check)

They raised over $60,000. We had fun, and it's for a good cause.

- Kathleen

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