Bayer Employees Join Triangle Ride for Kids

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The sun was shining, motorcycles were polished and gassed up, and hundreds of Triangle area residents hit the road to raise money for kids with brain tumors. Bayer’s own Virginia Wilson joined more than 10 employees, family members, and retirees on Team Bayer to help the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation raise a whopping $25,685 (of the almost $93k that was raised that day) on May 6th to fund vital projects that are making life better for brain tumor survivors. Bayer’s team was the top fundraising group for the 3rd year in a row! Here’s Virginia’s story about how she got involved and what the event was like for Team Bayer:

“This organization has become dear to my heart. I first became involved in Ride For Kids via a colleague that was involved with the charity four years ago. Ride For Kids raises money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation by increasing awareness and capturing attention through the efforts of the motorcycle community. Much of the money raised stays in our local community through the PBTF Institute at Duke University.

This year, I assisted with our Bayer CropScience team with the auctions for our onsite fundraiser. This year’s auction raised over $10,000. At our Bayer CropScience event, I was approached by one of the RFK Task Force Leads to see if I would volunteer with to work with the Patient Families on the day of the ride. I had been to the ride day event the year before but I had never worked with the families. It was one of the best and most rewarding experiences that I have been apart of. On the ride day, I was to greet the kids and their families as they arrived. I recognized several kids from last year’s event and it was good to see that some had improved and seemed to be feeling better. It was also moving to see a family that comes every year to ride in memory of their son. The kids were so welcoming. They wait all year and look forward to the ride day. They are fitted for a helmet and they get to walk around a pick the bike that they want to ride on from the bikers that have so generously agreed to be an escort. The kids are always referred to as STARS and the RFK task force excels to make the day as memorable as possible.

The event wraps with lunch and a ceremony for the top fundraisers by organization and individual. The 2012 contribution to Ride For Kids by Bayer CropScience was $25,685. This was the sixth year that Bayer CropScience has supported the Ride For Kids organization. I am so proud to work for a company that strives to make a difference in the community where we live and work. I am also very humble to be able to be a part of the Bayer team and to be able to help put a smile on a child’s face even if it is only for a few hours. I encourage all my fellow employees to join me in making 2013 even better.”

- Virginia Wilson, Senior Customer Programs Analyst

A huge thank you to Virginia and the Bayer employees who participated in this year’s event. We appreciate your dedication to the Triangle community and your hard work for this wonderful cause. Keep an eye out for 2013 Ride for Kids events or visit their site for information about volunteering or registering for events.


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