Motorcyclists raise $34,200 to fight brain tumors in children

About 250 motorcyclists from the Baltimore-Washington area raised $34,200 Sunday to help fight pediatric brain tumors during a charity ride-a-thon, organizers said.

The caravan met at the Columbia Mall Sunday morning and rode up Interstate 70 to the Frederick County fairgrounds, where they met poster children and some received awards.

The money raised will be used to help fund the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in Baltimore and the Central Brain Tumor Registry in Chicago, said the event's founder, Mike Traynor of Atlanta.

This is the second year for the event to be held locally.

"Once again, motorcyclists in the Washington-Baltimore area responded to the very real needs of these young patients and their families," Mr. Traynor said.

In 1984, he created the charity event after witnessing the illness of a friend's child. So far, the ride-a-thon has raised nearly $2 million.


* Harpers Choice: 5600 block of Gulf Stream Row: The rear window of a home was pried Saturday and coins were taken from a bedroom closet.

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