Thunderstorms were not enough to stop the almost 200 motorcyclists who, two weekends ago, joined to give rides to 28 ‘stars' and their families at the 34th annual Atlanta Ride for Kids.
The motorcyclists, riding to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, or PBTF, came through Dawsonville shortly after 11 a.m. on June 4 and circled around the historic courthouse.
The ride began and ended at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Riders were escorted by personnel from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.
"A highlight of the ride was when the procession wrapped around the circle in the center of Dawsonville and returned back on Hwy. 9, allowing the stars to encourage each other as they passed," said Bill Phelps, task force member and media coordinator for the Atlanta Ride for Kids.
At the fairgrounds, local country music artist Caryn Womack entertained riders. Jenna Rohrbach, whose sister Alexa died of childhood cancer, joined Womack on stage and the two sang current country hits along with some of Womack's original songs.
Top fundraisers for the event were announced when the riders returned to the fairgrounds.
In the top spot, Herschel Evans raised $25,000 with his Safety Drive for a Cure event held in March.
The total amount raised as of the race was $90,107.
Donations will continue to be accepted until July 3, 2017. Contributions can be made online at:
curethekids.org/events/ride-for-kids/ under the 2017 Atlanta Ride for Kids.
"The PBTF would not be able to provide all the research, funding and support services without the help of event participants," Tammy Bates, executive director of the foundation's Georgia chapter said.
The money raised through donations and registration will go to research for better treatments and cures for childhood's deadliest form of cancer. A portion of the funds will also help families who struggle financially as they battle the disease.
The foundation is the world's largest nonprofit funder of research for cures of childhood brain tumors and has funded more than $28 million to date.