Ride for Kids: Los Angeles

Cruiser motorcycles from the parking lot of the charity ride

The Ride for Kids program is a national series of motorcycle rides that supports the work of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Their mission is to eliminate the challenges of childhood brain tumors by funding medical research and family support programs.

Approximately 28,000 people in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a pediatric brain tumor, with 13 more children diagnosed each day.

When Ride for Kids began in 1984, the diagnosis of a child’s brain tumor was a virtual death sentence. Because there was very little research being done into the disease, treatments were ineffective or harsh, and most children did not survive to adulthood.

Since then, motorcyclists have helped the PBTF change that reality. Their efforts have made Ride for Kids the world’s largest non-governmental funder of pediatric brain tumor research. From developing improved treatment options to offering college scholarships to brain tumor survivors, Ride for Kids is dedicated to making a difference in children’s lives.

In 2015, Ride for Kids celebrates its 32nd year of raising awareness and funds. Their fun-filled, family-friendly rides will take place in 37 locations across the country, featuring moving stories from local brain tumor survivors and their families.

This year we headed out to the Ride for Kids at the Honda America headquarters in Torrance, CA. There were motorcycles of all kinds and riders of all kinds as well. There was a group of women on scooters wearing tutus, people riding little Honda Groms, and guys in full leathers on their sport bikes. We rode about 40 miles through Torrance, CA and South Los Angeles before heading back to the Honda headquarters for raffle drawings and lunch. All-in-all it was a great day riding for a great cause with some really cool bikes.

For more information on the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, or to look for the next ride near you visit CureTheKids.com

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