Bikers to Ride for Kids from Howard to Carroll

September 11, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

The Ride For Kids Foundation will have its third annual Maryland motorcycle ride Sept. 18 from the Mall in Columbia, Howard County, to the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster.

Riders are asked to collect donations from friends, neighbors and co-workers and to bring that money to the mall between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday. The money will be used for research into childhood brain tumors. The ride will start promptly at 10 a.m. as motorcyclists line up side by side with a police escort at the front and rear of the procession.

Mike Kehne, district manager for the American Honda Motor Co., said 275 to 300 motorcycles and 500 riders are expected, based on figures from the first two Maryland rides.

The motorcade will take a 52-mile scenic route to Westminster, following Route 29 south to Route 216 east to Route 108 north to Clarksville. The riders then will turn onto Route 32 north to Route 70, west on Route 70 to Route 97 north to Westminster, turning left on Route 32 to Smith Avenue and the Ag Center.

The procession is expected to arrive in Westminster about 11 a.m. for a celebration that will include Mike Traynor, founder of the foundation, Drs. Bert Vogelstein and Ken Kinzler from the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, and children who have brain tumors and their parents.

"We sequester the children where they can't hear what's going on, and I speak about the horrors of having a brain tumor. I thank the riders and impress on them the importance of what they did," Mr. Traynor said.

"Then a parent comes up and speaks about their experience with their child and the doctors speak, then we bring out the children. And I guarantee you, there won't be a dry eye in the place."

The group also will have lunch, and one motorcyclist will win a Honda CB750 Nighthawk motorcycle, courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., the group's principal national sponsor. Children will be given a short ride by the motorcyclists after the festivities, Mr. Traynor added.

To participate, motorcyclists must collect at least $35 in donations.

"We don't take pledges -- they must collect the donations, which are tax deductible -- and turn them in at the starting location," Mr. Traynor said.

For information on donating to the Ride For Kids, see any area Honda dealer, or call Bernie Tyler at (202) 828-8838 or Jeffrey Smith at (202) 554-1650. Donations can be mailed to the Ride For Kids Foundation, 6350-B McDonough Drive, Norcross, Ga. 30093.

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