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Motorcycle event at Cumming Fairgrounds to give rides to kid cancer patients
Ride For Kids

Colton Norrell was only 11 weeks old when doctors diagnosed him with an immature teratoma brain tumor, a type of childhood cancer.

About a third — 122 days – of the Dawsonville boy’s first year of life was spent at Scottish Rite Hospital, a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta facility, where he underwent several surgeries to remove the tumor.

Event information

  • What: Atlanta Ride for Kids benefitting the Pediatric brain Tumor Foundation
  • When: Sunday, June 4, registration at 8 a.m., kickstands up at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road
  • Cost: Free to attend, $40 suggested donation


Now, the almost-2-year-old is hoping to ride with his parents in the 2017 Atlanta Ride for Kids, a charity motorcycle event that will be held Sunday, June 4 at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The event, which raises money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PTFB), spans 30 cities nationwide, according to Bill Phelps, media coordinator for the Atlanta ride.

“We give children battling brain tumors and their families a motorcycle ride, along with as many ‘best motorcycle buddies’ as can make it,” he said. “In nice weather, we get about 500-plus bikes.”

The rides, which last about an hour, are provided by metro-Atlanta residents.

So far, the local event has raised $61,377.77 toward this year’s goal of $115,000. All proceeds will go to PTFB, the world’s “largest nonprofit solely dedicated to the pediatric brain tumor community,” its website says.

In 2016, the foundation held more than 180 events nationwide, with nearly 12,000 participants and 4,000-plus volunteers.

This year’s national Ride for Kids fundraising goal is $2.4 million, of which about $714,000 has been raised.

Registration for Sunday’s event begins 8:30 a.m., though the ride will not begin until 10 a.m.

The event is free to attend, though organizers are asking for a $40 suggested donation.

For more information or to register as a rider for Sunday event, visit curethekids.org/events/ride-for-kids/.