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Knoxville Ride for Kids raises $56,000

Funds support brain tumor research

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 24, 2008
More than 225 motorcyclists and supporters helped raise $55,986 in the eighth annual Knoxville Ride for Kids on June 21.

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.