Asheville, NC, May 17, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Rick James of Carrollton, Texas, has won the annual Ride for Kids®/Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows bike drawing.
His new ride is “The Mission,” a 2008 Honda CBR1000RR donated by American Honda and customized by master designer Roland Sands.
“I’m on cloud nine,” James said when notified of his win. The 52-year-old motorcyclist has been out of work for several months, and says that winning the drawing “might just turn my luck around.”
James purchased two drawing tickets last November at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Dallas. A friend had invited him to the show to take his mind off of his job situation. “I will definitely be back,” James said. “I’ll be the one with the big grin on my face!”
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) randomly drew James’ name from more than 18,000 entries earlier this month. The drawing generated over $78,000 to benefit the PBTF, which runs the Ride for Kids program. Now in its ninth year, the giveaway has raised more than $502,000 overall.
Special thanks go to American Honda for the motorcycle donation and for the logistics of moving the bike from show to show. They also thank Roland Sands Design, Advanstar Communications, Cycle World magazine, Performance Machine, Airtrix, Dunlop, Hotbodies Racing and Vortex Racing for making The Mission possible.
The next motorcycle drawing is now in the planning stages. Check www.rideforkids.org for details in the coming months, and go to www.motorcycleshows.com to find out where you can see the new bike in person at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows.
About the PBTF Ride for Kids
The national Ride for Kids program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) promote childhood brain tumor research and provide family support through free literature about brain tumors, educational newsletters, online conferences and college scholarships. America's motorcycling community has helped the PBTF become the world's largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research.
This year there are 39 Ride for Kids events around the U.S., including a new event this weekend in Franklin, Tenn. For more information, go to www.rideforkids.org or call 800-253-6530.