Reporting Monique Griego
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ)— Hundreds of motorcycle riders will soon hit the road for the 20th Annual Baltimore-Washington Ride For Kids.
Monique Griego has more on how you can help fight children’s brain tumors.
Seven-year-old Paige Setzer and her bike have a special bond.
“That car, it feels like it’s home to me sometimes. It’s actually comfy and I get to sit in there every year,” Setzer said.
Setzer will be riding shotgun once again Sept. 25 as part of “Ride for Kids,” a motorcycle ride that raises money for children with brain tumors.
“It’s a great event from the motorcycling standpoint and it’s a great event because people that come get to see and meet some of the children we’re helping and families, as well,” said Bob Henig, BMW Motorcycles.
Henig, the owner of Bob’s BMW Motorcycles in Jessup, has sponsored the event for nearly 20 years.
During that time he’s become close with kids like Paige, who at just 13 months old had to undergo major surgery to remove a brain tumor.
“She has come out completely unharmed,” Mandie Setzer, Paige Setzer’s mother, said. “You would never realize.”
Hundreds of riders will come together for the run that goes through Howard and Anne Arundel counties.
The minimum donation to join the ride is only $35 and that will get you and whoever you want to bring out on the road.
Last year’s event raised $250,000. And for the families, the support is overwhelming.
“There are so many people that care that have absolutely no connection,” a teary Mandie Setzer said.
Paige Setzer also knows how much fundraising is needed, and she had a message for fellow riders: “If you want to help sick people get better just come on out and ride.”
The event kicks off Sept. 25 in Ellicott City. Your donation of at least $35 gets you into the ride, plus a free breakfast and a lunch. For more information, click here.