Recently one our team members, Katie Kennedy, came to us with a cause she and her family are passionate about. When her younger brother was diagnosed with aplastic anemia the summer before entering college, CURE became an invaluable resource. Since then Katie’s parents have dedicated their time and energy toward getting nearly 2,000 people swabbed and added to the bone marrow registry database and assisting CURE in awareness and fundraising efforts. We like to get behind these opportunities and help raise awareness any way we can. This month, with Katie’s involvement and encouragement, we are putting the spotlight on the “Blackberry Smoke Ride for CURE Childhood Cancer”
The event, which takes place on August 10 & 11, 2019 will feature 2 days of motorcycle and family-friendly fun. All proceeds go to CURE childhood cancer and participants will get to meet and ride with Atlanta Braves legend and Baseball Hall of Famer, Tom Glavine and the Turner brothers of Blackberry Smoke. The weekend starts on Saturday with an all-day event at Falcons Fury Harley Davidson in Conyers. There will be free food and drink, activities for kids, bike vendors, bike wash, bike show, a concert, and a raffle drawing of Harley gear. Come back on Sunday at 11am when we’ll gather for the ride to SunTrust Park. Kickstands up at 12 noon and the ride will end at PBR Live at the Battery (825 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta) where there will be adult fun with mechanical bull-riding, raffles, and a drawing for a Harley Sportster 1200 that has been customized by ZB Customs.
Katie shared her story recently of how she got involved with this event and cause and we are excited to share it with you.
Ride for the Cure has been in the works for a few years and is now off the ground with the support of a lot of awesome people. All proceeds go to CURE, which is an Atlanta-based organization that funds targeted research and supports families whose children have had or have cancer. One reason CURE is important is because only 4% of federal dollars earmarked for cancer research fund pediatric cancer research.
Since the 1980 only 3 new drugs have been developed specifically for pediatric cancers. Most children have to endure treatments that were developed for adults, which is why children suffer so many life-long side effects from their treatments. CURE is currently funding breakthrough research for targeted treatments specifically for children. Any sort of a cure for childhood cancers is going to come from privately funded research, and CURE is right there doing the work! CURE is an incredibly reputable and highly rated organization, with approximately 87% of funds raised each year going directly to research, fellowship programs, and patient and family support.
Help us at Baldwin Architectural Group get behind Katie’s cause and even if you cannot attend grab a raffle ticket to support the effort to cure childhood cancer and a chance to win a custom Harley Davidson.