Houston Ride for Kids sets a record
4 May 2000
Houston, Texas was the site of the first Ride for Kids street ride in 2000. Over 450 motorcycles, many carrying passengers, turned out to raise a record $122,102 to find the cause and cure of pediatric brain tumors on Sunday morning, April 30, 2000. The 650 participants listened to pediatric oncologist Jo Ann Ater of Houston$B!G(Bs M.D. Anderson Hospital as she thanked the riders for all their support. Ater told the riders that the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the US had become the most respected funding agency for children$B!G(Bs brain tumor research in the world. Twelve year-old Nick Roden was a big hit, having now attended seven Ride for Kids events. And 3 1/2 year old Dustin Seely$B!G(Bs mom, overwhelmed by the generosity of the motorcyclists, brought tears to the eyes of many when she shared what a battler young Dustin had become. Congratulations to champion fundraisers Bonnie and Tommy Townsend, who brought $8,000 to help find a cure for this disease. The top club was GWRRA Texas chapter Z with a Texas sized donation of $39,818.01. Top dealer honors once again went to Pasadena Honda of Pasadena, Texas with a whopping total $50,010.11. Irene Allen of La Porte, Texas nearly fainted upon learning that she was the winner of a brand new Honda motorcycle. Congratulations to Ronnie Lunsford, who served as the Task Force Leader for the Houston Ride for Kids, and a special thanks to the nearly 100 volunteeers of the Houston Ride for Kids Task Force. The next two Ride for Kids events will be held concurrently on May 21, 2000 in Washington, GA and Torrance, CA. For more information about the Ride for Kids and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the US, please visit these websites: www.ride4kids.org and www.pbtfus.org .