Annual Ride for Kids holds personal connection for local residents – Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound

Celeste Waldroop and her family know all too well how the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids helps save lives.

Four years ago, their daughter Sydney, who graduated from Flower Mound High School in 2012, was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor the size of a mandarin orange near her left temple, requiring extensive but successful surgery. Astute doctors discovered that it was a hereditary problem and something that had probably been growing for more than 10-15 years.

“What we found interesting and why we believe so strongly in the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is that I’m sure the research that’s done is why they knew that,” said Celeste, who now lives in Roanoke with husband Steve. “The very first time they saw the image of that tumor, the first time we met the doctors, they knew so much about that tumor.”

So when they heard that the organization was hosting an annual ride, they quickly got involved. They first heard about it about five years ago when they met the race organizer in Houston at an Alabama museum.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids

This year’s Dallas/Fort Worth Ride for Kids is scheduled for Sunday, September 12 at 11 a.m. at Fort Worth Indian Motorcycle and again Steve, an avid motorcyclist, will participate. On-site registration will take place on September 12 from 9-10:30 a.m.

The family is happy that Sydney is back to normal thanks to the PBTF investigation.

‘She’s doing great. She just had her annual MRI and it came back to normal,” Celeste said. “She works as a medical assistant for a podiatrist in Southlake.”

Studies show that 13 children and teenagers are diagnosed with a brain tumor every day in the United States. The ride helps save those lives by providing funds to create and implement breakthrough scientific and family support programs aimed at beating the deadliest childhood cancers.

The nationwide initiative has raised more than $47 million since 1991. The DFW event is one of approximately 25 communities hosting events across the country this year.

Anyone 18 or older who registers for the race before September 10 has a chance to win a new Honda motorcycle or side-by-side. Riders are asked to donate a minimum of $40 with the opportunity to raise money for better bikes. Participants can track miles, meet other riders and discover how they make a difference in children’s lives.

American Honda Motor Company is the presenting sponsor with companies such as Comoto and BD’s Cycles as national industry partners and Alamo Title, the Dallas Cowboys, First United Mortgage Group, JWC General Contractors and Law Tigers as DFW sponsors. The event is sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.

Click here for more information about the Ride for Kids and to register.

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