The charity ride took place on the closing day of the Honda Hoot rally in Knoxville, Tenn. All proceeds from the ride will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports research on childhood brain tumors.
The police-escorted rally started at Chilhowee Park just east of Knoxville, and took riders through the scenic back roads of eastern Tennessee, including a stop to view the 202-foot high Douglas Dam on the French Broad River in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
The ride ended with a visit to the Celebration of Life program where riders got to meet six local brain tumor patients and see first-hand the children they are helping.
“As a clinician, I benefit from the funding that is done by the foundation because I can get questions answered by some of the best minds in the world,” says Dr. Ray Pais, the director of pediatric hematology/oncology at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
The top individual fundraisers were Doug and Lori Stanphill of Antioch, Tenn., who raised $6,000 in donations. The Cool Springs Honda Rider’s Club of Franklin, Tenn., was the top club, also raising $6,000 while the highest-raising motorcycle business was Sloan’s Honda of Murfreesboro, Tenn., whose customers chipped in to raise $9,760.