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Bikers take to the streets to benefit children living with Cancer

By WKTV News

DEERFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Hundreds of motorcycles gathered and took off from the Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department in the 17th annual 'Ride for Kids' hosted by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), Sunday.
 
The family friendly ride travels through scenic countryside and is escorted by local and state police.
     
The goal of the ride is to raise money to help the local families affected by pediatric brain tumors.
     
More than 28,000 people in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a childhood brain tumor, and 13 cases are identified each day.
 
"When a child is diagnosed with a brain tumor they have the immediate challenge to fight the tumor," said Michael Beaver, PBTF National Manager. "There's surgery, a lot of times chemotherapy and treatments involved, on top of that after a child is diagnosed, they could be considered quote unquote cured, but they have later effects that happen. 
 
"Things that are a result of their treatment and then there's also recurrences, so once a child is diagnosed they are a patient for life and they have to keep an eye out for those systems and keep an eye on their health."
 

Participants in the ride raise funds from $20 all the way up to $17,000, which was the highest amount raised by a single person. 

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