WBT’s Larson’s Ride To Help Families

April 19, 2012

Hundreds of Motorcycle riders are again expected to ride to help families of children battling cancer and other serious illnesses in WBT’s Keith Larson’s Ride 10, Saturday April 28th. This year the Ride will culminate in a “Street Festival” open to the public in Downtown Waxhaw, NC featuring live music, great food, and free fun for kids.

“This is our tenth charity ride and it coincides with my tenth anniversary here at WBT and it seemed like a great time to go ‘Back to Waxhaw’, my adopted hometown, where we went on the very first motorcycle ride,” Larson said. “The Street Festival is a way to celebrate, and help more kids and families, with an event open to everyone.”

The Ride and street festival proceeds will support the March Forth with Hope Foundation and Zach Ramsey Children’s Cancer Fund, as each Ride has done. In addition, there are always specific local families and kids the Ride helps. In the past, the Ride has been in honor and support of children including Victoria Martinsen of Charlotte and Grace McGrath of Weddington, little girls who fought valiantly, ultimately losing battles against cancer. The Ride has also lifted up Cassidy Hooper, born with no eyes or nose; Stephen McMickens, who came to the aid of Charlotte Police Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton when they were shot; and Jordan Jemsek, the Charlotte girl who has successfully battled adult leukemia through a bone marrow transplant. This year’s ride will rise up and help three area children, ages 4 to 13, who are currently battling cancer.

The Ride itself is a 90-minute police escorted cruise from Matthews Fun Machines, located near US 485 in Matthews, through South Charlotte to Lancaster, SC, and through Union County to Historic Downtown Waxhaw. It is led by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Motor Patrol, with assistance from several other agencies along the way.

Pre-registration is open now until 12:00pm on April 27th, 2012 at this link: http://www.wbt.com/keithsride. Day-of registration opens at 8:30 am, the ride leaves at 10:00 am and arrives in Waxhax at approximately 12:00 pm.

The basic cost for a rider and passenger to enjoy the whole day, including breakfast, lunch from Mac’s Speed Shop, t-shirts, etc., remains $50. We once again have several upgraded contribution packages to help us raise more money for the kids and families. This year, the payment you make when you register will go directly to the March Forth with Hope Foundation and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your contribution. March Forth will then distribute funds to the other recipients. Non-rider participants can make a secure donation on the registration page.

News Talk 1110, WBT has teamed up with Keffer Hyundai, Keffer Volkswagon, Little Hardware, Bojangles’, Mac’s Speed Shop, The Town of Waxhaw, Team Charlotte Motor Sports and Matthews Fun Machines to make Keith’s Ride 10 possible.

Great camera opportunities for Keith’s Ride at 10am when riders depart and at 12:30 pm when riders return to Downtown Waxhaw.