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Motorcycle riders rev up donations for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City

Motorcycle riders rev up donations for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City

Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts hit the road to have a good time and raise money for a good cause. The 24th annual Utah Kids Ride brought in more than $2,000 to provide specialty orthopaedic care to kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City.

“I’m speechless,” said co-organizer Marcia Brown as she surveyed the crowd of bikers, supporters, volunteers and local law enforcement.

“It’s all for the kids. I love doing it,” said Michael Clark, of El Kalah Shriners in Salt Lake City. “We appreciate all the help we get.”

While the high-performance motorcycles and leather-clad bikers took center stage, the patient ambassadors stole the show. “You see all these riders with tears in their eyes when they meet our patient ambassadors. It makes it all worth it,” said Brown.

It was 11-year-old Peyton’s third time at the Utah Kids Ride. "I really like how everyone comes together to help raise money so kids like me can have surgeries they need,” she said. “I like seeing all the different kinds of motorcycles." Her parents noticed that no matter how tough each rider looked on the outside, they all waved and smiled as they rode by.

“It was fun! One man actually let me sit on his motorcycle,” remarked 10-year-old Gannon. “It makes me so grateful that all of these people came out to help the kids at Shriners Hospital."

Shriner with female patientMany parked motorcyclesTwo Shriners with patient