Motorcyclists, community partners, and powersports industry leaders American Honda, the Comoto Family of Brands, and GEICO Motorcycle went the extra mile in 2022 for families facing the deadliest and most diagnosed childhood cancer. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids raised $1.4 million this year to fund research for a cure and help children, survivors, parents, and siblings get the care they need.
The support of the Ride for Kids community is needed now more than ever. A new report released in September showed more children under the age of 19 are diagnosed with brain tumors, and dying from them, than ever before. Meanwhile adult brain cancer patients are experiencing declines in incidence of diagnosis and mortality.
“Because of the incredible generosity and dedication of the motorcycling community, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids has grown into a nationwide movement – united to end the childhood cancer community’s biggest crisis,” says Michael Battaglia, Ride for Kids Fundraising and Community Engagement Manager. “Thank you to every fundraiser and partner who hit the road, track, and trail this year to support our mission. Because of you, no family has to face this disease alone.”
Highlights from the 2022 Ride for Kids season include:
- Longtime national presenting partner American Honda increased their support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s mission through a significant donation towards the development of an online community platform for patient families and inspired riders’ fundraising through their support of four Honda motorcycle drawings.
- The Comoto Family of Brands took the lead in hosting the Philadelphia Ride for Kids, as their Revzilla, Cycle Gear, and J&P Cycles brands celebrated National Ride for Kids Day with a company-wide Give Back Day on September 18. Comoto’s REVER platform also provided route maps, subscriptions, and mileage tracking for local ride events and hosted the 2nd annual Million Mile Challenge with a $25,000 donation for one million miles ridden.
- GEICO Motorcycles joined the Ride for Kids community as the newest national industry partner, teaming up with REVER to offer a $25,000 matching contribution for the Million Mile Challenge.
- Community partners, led by our platinum-level partners Audacy, RideNow, Tucker Powersports, Angier Bike Fest, and Indian Brave Campground, contributed to local rides’ growth, while several riders – including the Why We Ride to the Quail community and YouTuber Bhroman Braapsody — showed there’s no limit to how you Ride for Kids.
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s plans for the 2023 Ride for Kids season are underway, with National Ride for Kids Day scheduled for Sunday, September 17, 2023, during the heart of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Whether you choose to participate in one of our organized rides, ride and fundraise as a group, or hit the road as an individual, anyone anywhere can take part in Ride for Kids.
Registration opens soon. If you’re interested in volunteering for a ride or hosting your own, email Michael Battaglia at [email protected].
About the Pediatric Brain Tumor FoundationNo parent believes their child will be diagnosed with brain cancer. When it happens, no patient, parent, sibling, or survivor should have to stand alone. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is there for families facing the deadliest and most commonly diagnosed childhood cancer, responding with resources and community support that address every family member’s needs. The largest patient advocacy funder of pediatric brain tumor research, the foundation also funds and advocates for innovative projects that lead to vital discoveries, new clinical trials, and better treatments – all bringing us closer to a cure. We’re able to do that because of people and partners committed to supporting families and ending childhood brain cancer. Learn more at www.curethekids.org.