DEERFIELD — Area bikers are being invited to join the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for the Utica Ride for Kids to enjoy a scenic, police-escorted motorcycle ride from the Deerfield Fire Department to the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center in Old Forge on Sunday, July 21.
Local pediatric brain tumor survivors will accompany motorcyclists on their ride. Today, 13 children will be diagnosed with a brain tumor, the deadliest childhood cancer.
More children die of brain tumors than any other cancer, and survivors often face lifelong physical, psychological and cognitive difficulties.
The Utica motorcycle community has been coming together for more than 20 years to help change that.
Hosted by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the Utica Ride for Kids will fund critical research for a cure, as well as family support programs such as emergency financial assistance, peer support and college and vocational scholarships for survivors.
Any make or model of street legal motorcycle is welcome, and the whole family — including non-riders – will enjoy a light breakfast and lunch at the event.
Although there is no registration fee for the ride, a minimum donation of $40 per person is encouraged, and participants will receive special fund-raising incentives.
The funds and awareness raised by Ride for Kids have helped the PBTF:
• Invest more than $30 million in research at more than 50 centers worldwide;
• Provide emergency financial aid to families whose child is in treatment;
• Award more than 1,500 college and vocational scholarships to brain tumor survivors;
• Equip newly diagnosed families with the Starfolio resource notebook;
• And make cancer care less scary for children through the animated Imaginary Friend Society series.
Online registration at www.rideforkids.org/utica is recommended. Walk-up registration will start on July 21 at 9 a.m., with kickstands up at 11 a.m., rain or shine.
Ride for Kids is the longest-running, most successful motorcycle charity event in the nation. American Honda is the national presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids, and Cycle Worldmagazine is the lead national media supporter of this American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned event.
Local event support has been provided by Honda, Cycle World, AMA (American Motorcyclist Association), New York State Police, Oneida County Sheriff Department, the Deerfield Fire Department, the Village of Old Forge, all the great Volunteers and Fire Departments along the route, and countless local restaurants who have donated the food for breakfast and lunch.