Scores of motorcycles in Ride For Kids to raise funds for brain tumor research

September 05, 1993|By Staff Report

There will be a "Motorcycle Ride-A-Thon" to raise money for research on childhood brain tumors at 10 a.m. Sept. 12, starting at the Mall in Columbia in Howard County. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

The ride will begin in Columbia and end at the fairgrounds in Frederick.

The convoy, expected to have scores of motorcycles, will be escorted by police along Route 29 to Route 216, Route 108 to Route 32, then on Interstate 70 into Frederick.

Its estimated time of arrival in Carroll County, in the Mount Airy area, will be around 10:30 a.m.

Now entering its 10th year, the national Ride For Kids program was started by Atlanta native Mike Traynor. It has raised $1.8 million to date, with every dollar going toward research, sponsors say.

Last year's Baltimore-Washington event raised more than $30,000. This year, proceeds will go to research programs at Johns Hopkins University and to the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States.

Attending the event will be Bert Vogelstein, professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center; Mr. Traynor; Tom Kipp, Honda motorcycle racing national champion; and Carol Kruschko, president of the Central Brain Tumor Registry.

At the end of the ride, there will be awards, including a new motorcycle from Honda, one of the ride sponsors. There will also be testimonials and the presentation of checks to Hopkins and ** the registry.

The ride is open to all motorcyclists. A $35 contribution or registration fee is required.

For more information, call a Honda motorcycle dealer or 1-(800) 673-7220.

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