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Ride For Kids Helps Kids with Brain Tumors - John Dunn

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. --  People are revving up for a great cause in Franklin. It is all about finding a cure for kids with brain cancer. Their stories can be heartbreaking, but dozens of motorcycle riders show up to help.

The morning ride from Jim Warren Park carries extra significance. Every mile helps fight pediatric brain cancer.

Jessica Stafford beat brain cancer 10 years ago, but now the 17 year old has a new tumor, and unfortunately, it is inoperable.  "At my age it's a little more scary because now I know it's very serious. It's a very scary thing," says Stafford.

The annual Ride for Kids is about raising money for a cure. "We're very proud of the work that we do, and give these kids the ability to hope for the future," says National Ride for Kids Manager Mark Muhlenfeld.

Several kids ride along on the scenic route, and some have reason to celebrate. Bobby Harris has been cancer free since February. "It really hurt back in the days, and I just really wanted to get it all done with," says Bobby Harris.

Family members say there is nothing worse than watching your child go through the incredibly painful treatments. "You know the child is the one that goes through the most devastating portion, but it changes the whole family, and it just breaks your heart to know that there's absolutely nothing you can do," says mother Debbie Stafford.

17 year old Jessica Stafford keeps a positive attitude through it all. "I just try to forget about it, because if I think about it too much than I'm not going to enjoy what life I do have," says Stafford.

Thanks to events like the Ride for Kids, there is still hope for a cure. "They need to do research to find a cure for cancer, and every penny goes toward that research," says Jessica Stafford.

This is one of 37 Ride for Kids events across the country. More than $100,000 was raised on Sunday.

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