By: Neoma Disney
The first Sunday in May always means the NC Triangle Ride For Kids. Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts join together to raise funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, with the culmination of the efforts being a celebration of the Stars - the children who are living with or have survived a pediatric brain tumor.
This 16th Annual NC Triangle Ride For Kids marked the first Ride For Kids event at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center. What a terrific venue! The escorted ride route also was different this year. However, the highlight was still the circle around the courthouse in downtown Pittsboro. Everyone gets to waive at each other, and the townspeople come out to cheer the riders on.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, the Cary PD Motorcycle Unit along with Pittsboro Fire and Rescue again did a marvelous job escorting and blocking traffic. These officers and first responders show up every year and the event means a lot to them. Many of the motorcycle riders were wearing their 15 Year Ride For Kids patch that they were awarded last year for all of their years of participation.
After the ride, everyone gets to enjoy lunch and hear from the children, like Dylan, Ridge, Jamilyn, Shango and Jessica, to find out what they have been up to in the past year.
Despite the threat of bad weather, over 200 motorcycles rode in the 16th Annual NC Triangle Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Ride For Kids, and $77,721.00 was raised to help fuel lifesaving research and family support programs. The Christian Motorcyclists Association, Biscuitville, and Dunkin Donuts provided breakfast, while Pepsi, Sysco, Jersey Mike’s and Good Times Café provided lunch.