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Ann Arbor motorcyclists add $157K to Ride for Kids research effort

1 September 2000

News of motorcyclists raising money for the Ride for Kids may seem ordinary
these days, but for parents like Robilyn, mother of 5-year old brain tumor
patient Zachary, its extraordinary.

Families across America have 157,630 more reasons to cheer today, thanks to the
riders who participated in the Ann Arbor Ride for Kids on Sunday, August 27. The
$157,630 raised to fund the research for the cause and cure of pediatric brain
tumors represents a whopping increase of $65,000 over the funds raised last

Sunday morning's dawn illuminated a beautiful pastoral setting at Domino$B!G(Bs
Farms in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the motorcyclists did not seem to notice. It
was as if they were in a hurry to arrive for this special day.

At 10:00am, the dual sport riders departed for a two hour ride across the back
roads and trails surrounding the Ann Arbor area.  At 11:00am, nearly 500 street
motorcycles left on a special ride around the local countryside, escorted by
Washtenaw County Sheriff's officers and Ann Arbor city police. At the front of
the ride were six brain tumor survivors along with moms, dads, brothers,
sisters, grandparents and other relatives.  It was a special day for the kids,
and it was obvious by the big smiles that they were having a great time.

The dual sport riders and the road riders all returned en masse just in time to
eat lunch and head to the big top tent for the $B!H(BCelebration of Life$B!I(B.  As
always, a standing ovation was given to the law enforcement officers, who gave
the riders the special opportunity to ride non-stop safely through the
countryside.  Dr. Sandra Rempel was a huge hit as she explained how her
laboratory had now learned what types of protein the tumor cells needed to grow,
and that they were looking for ways to keep that protein from getting to the
abnormal cells.  Each year Dr. Rempel brings information to the ride that gives
hope that an answer is close at hand.

There was a huge cheer when the top fundraiser was introduced.  Mr. Rob Proctor,
who$B!G(Bs 4-year old daughter Katy has a brain tumor, had collected  $21,047 in
honor of Katy$B!G(Bs upcoming 5th birthday. Congratulations to the Michigan Cycle
Conservation Club, which took top club honors with $22,170. Top dealer honors
went to American Harley Davidson of Ann Arbor, whose customers and employees
brought $20,953.  An astonished Bob Lorenz was the winner of a brand new Honda
motorcycle, courtesy of American Honda.

Congratulations to Task Force Leaders Bill Chapin and Bob Lorenz and the many
task force members and volunteers who, along with the 775 participants, made
this a very special day for the families of children who suffer from the disease
of brain tumors.

The next Ride for Kids event will be held in Enumclaw, Washington (near Seattle)
on Sunday September 10, 2000. For more information on the Ride for Kids and the
work of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the U.S., call 828-665-6891 or
visit the web sites at or