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Hundreds of motorcyclists ride together to raise money for brain cancer research

By By Jessica Schliska (jschliska@wsbt.com)
Published On: Jul 14 2013 08:43:36 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2013 10:07:03 AM CDT
Hundreds of motorcyclists ride together to raise money for brain cancer research

SOUTH BEND -- Hundreds of motorcyclists rode together Sunday to raise money for research into pediatric brain tumors, one of the deadliest types of childhood cancer.

Kickstands were up around 10 a.m. at Pinhook Park in South Bend.  Those joining in the Northern Indiana Ride for Kids rolled through St. Joseph and LaPorte counties with a police escort.

There were several survivors amoung the riders, some who have rode before, and others who will hop on the bike for the first time.

"I'm just excited. This is my first time [participating] and its going to be my first time on a motorcycle and it's such a great day to do this," Prestin Butcher, 12, of Laporte said.

"It's real nice that bikers and everything can take a day off and come here to celebrate the suviving of cancer."

Lindy Harvey of Cleveland, OH says she participates in four or five rides a year, events that mean a lot to her.

"I know when I was going through treatment and everything my parents weren't sure what was going to happen," Harvey told a WSBT reporter.

"And so to be able to see somebody who has gone through it...it's a very positive thing I think.  That's why I do this, come all the way out here...just because we can provide some hope."

Proceeds from the event benefit medical research grants and family support programs at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF).

Participating bikers received special Ride for Kids incentives and are eligible for a drawing that includes a new Honda motorcycle.

Motorcyclists have helped PBTF raise more than $70 million in the past.