31st Ride for Kids raises $119K to combat brain tumors

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CUMMING, Ga. — The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation continued its fight against childhood brain tumors on June 1, when its annual Atlanta Ride for Kids event raised $119,513.

The 31st annual event, which took place in Cumming, is a motorcycle ride that raises funds for childhood brain tumor research and highlights children diagnosed with brain tumors – the “Stars” of the day. Fourteen local Stars rode with motorcyclists before being honored in a ceremony.

Maddie Miller, a 15, said she’s grateful for the contributions from donors.

“[Ride for Kids] has raised a lot of money in donations. I’d like everyone to know that they’re helping a lot raising all this money.”

Miller is a 10-year survivor.

Although this year’s ride was a success, the foundation continues to battle childhood brain tumors until there is a cure.

“What I would like to see is eventually for [the ride] not to have to be here,” said Mandy Dean, a survivor now in her 20s. “I wish for the funds we’re raising to actually find a cure.”

Natalee West, who attended the ride with Dru West, said many people don’t realize how much help is needed for children that don’t get to live a normal day-to-day life.

“These kids, they struggle every day,” said West. “What people are doing in bike rides like this is absolutely amazing. It’s a small contribution, but it has a huge impact.”

For more information, including ways to volunteer and donate, visit www.curethekids.org.

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