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Motorcycle ride in Cumming to benefit cancer research
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If you go

* What: Ride for Kids motorcycle event
* Why: Benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
* Where: Cumming Fairgrounds
* When: Sunday, registration at 8 a.m., ride begins at 10 a.m.
* Cost: Suggested minimum donation $40

CUMMING -- Motorcyclists, fundraising and volunteers will fill the Cumming Fairgrounds on June 5 for an organized ride benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation hosted by Ride for Kids.

Riders with all makes and models of bikes are encouraged to attend and make a donation, with the suggested minimum amount at $40 per bike.

The event, which begins at 10 a.m., will feature incentives for riders, prize drawings and 33 local children, teens and young adults who have suffered from brain tumors — nicknamed “stars” by Ride for Kids.

“Ride for Kids raises funds so that we can assist children with brain cancer,” said Mary Moore, executive director of the Georgia chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. “And secondly, it is very special because it provides a wonderful opportunity for kids who are coping with the disease to come and experience riding a real motorcycle.”

After founding Ride for Kids in 1984, those behind the charity riding group created the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in 1991. The foundation is now a leading nonprofit that funds research for childhood brain tumors.

Every day, 13 children receive the news that they are suffering from a brain tumor. The deadly presence of this type of cancer among children is the reason for the specific focus of the Ride for Kids events.

“Brain tumors are the leading cancer cause of death in children,” Moore said. “That’s something we want the public to know because raising awareness will eventually help us find a cure for these kids.”

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation also funds free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors and emergency financial aid. All donations from the ride will benefit the foundation’s medical research and family support programs.

Participants — who are encouraged to fundraise before the start of the event — will be eligible for different levels of prizes depending on the amount of their donation. They will also receive complimentary breakfast, lunch and beverages.

Online registration for the event is open until noon today, and on-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. the day of the ride. The ride will take place rain or shine.

For more information on the event, Ride for Kids or the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, call (800) 253-6530 or visit www.curethekids.org.