Originally posted at 9:55 a.m. Updated at 11:55 a.m.
FRAMINGHAM – Brain tumors are now the No. 1 cancer killer in children, but the motorcycle community is riding to reverse this statistic.
Yesterday, 434 motorcycles raised $70,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to fund childhood brain tumor research and family support programs during the 20th Annual New England Ride For Kids in Framingham.
The scenic family-friendly loop ride began at Bose Headquarters Sunday morning, August 27, and was escorted by Framingham and Massachusetts State Police.
At the heart of every Ride for Kids motorcycle event are the more than 28,000 children and teens living with a brain tumor nationwide. These are the Foundation’s Stars who count on participants to raise funds that have helped the foundation:
- Invest more than $29 million in research at more than 50 centers worldwide over three decades
- Provide emergency financial aid to families, in partnership with 23 hospitals in 11 states
- Award more than 1,400 college scholarships to brain tumor survivors since 2002
- Offer a free practical toolkit for newly diagnosed families
- Address the needs of families living with a childhood brain tumor through educational resources, family support programs and engagement activities
Local brain tumor survivors attended the New England Ride for Kids and accompanied some of the motorcyclists on their ride.
Participating yesterday were Natick residents Ryan and Evin Heffler, in honor of their brother, Connor, who recently passed away last November.
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is the world’s largest nonprofit solely dedicated to the more than 28,000 children and teens in the United States living with a brain tumor diagnosis. The Foundation funded more than $29 million in research to improve quality of life, increase survivorship and ultimately eliminate pediatric brain tumors. It also offers families free educational resources about brain tumors, a toolkit for newly diagnosed patients, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors, emergency financial aid and other support.