Each year the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation “Ride for Kids” culminates at the Morgan City Riverside Park. Some of the children are allowed to make the trip from Salt Lake City to Morgan on the back of a motorcycle or in a motorcycle side car. Throughout the year, motorcycle groups from Nevada and Utah collect donations for pediatric brain tumor research. This year the groups raised over $35,000.
A program is provided at the park with the “Kids” being the stars. This year the ages of the children ranged from 3 years old to about 20. Each child is interviewed and allowed to thank the riders for their efforts. By the end of the program, lots of hearts are touched and even some big tough riders have tears running down their faces.
Let me introduce you to Zoey Fitzgerald the youngest of the “Kids.” She is the daughter of April Turner Fitzgerald, and they are living in our community. She was asked during her interview if she liked to sing and dance. She responded with a resounding, “Yes!” Then she was asked if she was going to sing or dance for the group. Immediately she walked to the center of the stage and entertained the group with, “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck.” The group cheered, and I believe a few more tears were shed.
In the near future you will find containers in the Morgan businesses asking for donations for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Those donations will be presented to the foundation at the Ride for Kids program next August. Next year, we will publicize the date and time of this activity so community members can attend.