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More than $79,000 raised for pediatric brain tumor research

By GARY LIBERATORE

DEERFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The 16th annual Utica Ride for Kids benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, or PTBF kicked off from the Deefield fire house Sunday morning.

About three hundred bikers from all over the region contributed $35-$50 each as an entrance fee, as well as raising additional money to help the cause.

Organizers say the millions in donations by bikers over the years has helped the PTBF with research that has led to treatments that are extending the lives of children afflicted with brain tumors.

Utica Ride for Kids Task Leader Jason Passolt says those who ride get to meet some of the kids who they are actually helping, "We actually have our brain tumor survivors get up on stage we actually have them up front and personal.  You actually get to meet them, you see where you're money is going."

Motorcyclists across the country have raised more than 70 million dollars over the years to help the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

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