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It is time again for my annual fund raising drive for the Ride for Kids and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the US. This is the third year in a row that, thanks to some very generous people in the cigar industry, I have some spectacular cigars to give away as a thank you for your support of my efforts and of this wonderful charity that does so very much to help sick kids. This year you could win a box of Opus X Love Affairs, Hemingway Short Stories, Nubs, or a Cain F sampler pack.  Also up for grabs is a 5 pack Tatuaje sampler which will include a “Frank”, a 5 pack of Opus xXx, or a 5 pack of Oliva Serie V Belicosos.  Keep reading to find out how.

The Ride for Kids is a fundraising organization that raises money specifically for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States which is a nonprofit organization devoted to research and treatment in the area of pediatric brain tumors. The Ride for Kids organization is made up of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the US. They are headquartered in Asheville, NC. They hold ride events all over the country throughout the year to raise money and awareness for this disease. There are a lot of children in this country that are diagnosed with brain tumors every year. No one yet knows exactly what causes these tumors in otherwise healthy kids. I am sure you can imagine though what it must be like for a parent to hear a diagnosis like that for their little child. It puts a huge emotional as well as financial burden on the families. The Ride for Kids and the Pediatric brain Tumor Foundation of the US (PBTUS) are devoted to helping these families and these children. The PBTFUS uses the money raised to do research for treatment and prevention of pediatric brain tumors as well as provide families coping with this disease with support.

I first got involved with the Ride for Kids in 2004. My wife was pregnant with our first child and with the prospect of being a first time dad I found myself thinking about things that previously had never crossed my mind. They say having a child will change your life. Truer words may never have been spoken. I have been riding motorcycles for years and in 2004 I learned about a charity ride that was starting in Cary, NC and riding on down to a small town called Sanford. It was the first year the Ride for kids had an event in my area. What caught my attention at that time was that the charity benefited sick children. I looked into it some more and learned all about the Ride for Kids and the PBTFUS. Since I was about six months away from becoming a first time Dad, I was spending a lot of time thinking about kids. I always enjoy going to motorcycle events and group rides so I was excited about the idea of participating in this event. I just asked some friends and co-workers to donate what they could and I brought over $600 to the ride that first year. That is the story of how I got involved with this charity. I have since been blessed with two very happy and healthy children. Ella is 5 now and my son Jake will be three years old in April.

This is my seventh year participating in the Triangle Ride for Kids and I have raised over $10,000 for the PBTFUS in that time. Last year I raised $3200, my best year to date in very large part to the generosity of my fellow Brothers (and Sisters) of the Leaf. I hope to improve on that number this year and with your help I will become a Champion Level fundraiser by reaching the $5000 mark.  That is a huge goal and I will need every little bit of help you can give me.  Every little penny helps so all donations of any size are welcome and very much appreciated.  If I accomplish this, I will have an opportunity to get on stage at the event and talk about the great support I received from the cigar community for this great Charity.

Go to http://www.firstgiving.com/matthew2010 and make a donation. For every $10 you donate you name will be entered once in the drawing for one of the boxes of cigars. A $50 donation will get your name entered in the drawing seven times. So for example, a $20 donation gets your name in the hat twice, a $50 donation puts your name in 7 times, $70 would get you nine, $100 gets your name in fourteen times… You get the idea. The only limit is what you can afford. Here are the cigars you can win.  Listed next to them are the names of the very generous retailers and cigar makers that have provided these cigars in support of my fund raising efforts.  Please be sure to pass along your thanks and support to these worthy businesses.

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*Tatuaje Sampler will include 1 Frank, 1 Reserva J21, 1 Havana Cazadores, 1 Regios, 1 Ambos Mundos Sumatra

All donations must be made by April 28th to be included in the drawing. The Winners will be announced on May 3rd. The ride takes place on Sunday May 2nd.

**IMPORTANT**

When you leave your donation on the First Giving site please be sure to fill out the Display Name, and leave your email address or phone number in the “Personal Message” section. This is how I will be able to contact you if you win one of the boxes of cigars. I have setup the FirstGiving site to NOT display the “Personal Message” field so that information will not be publicly displayed on the site. If you fail to leave some kind of contact info in the “Personal Message” field your name will not be able to be entered into the drawing, but your donation will still be very much appreciated. Also be aware, each person is only eligible to win one box. So if your name is drawn once, it will not be eligible to be drawn again. Any questions can be sent to mattridesforkids at gmail dot com. I’ll do my best to answer any emails I receive.

All the donations made through the website go to FirstGiving which then distributes the funds to The Ride for Kids so I never handle any of the money. It all goes straight to the charity via FirstGiving. Although donations are welcome from any and everyone, this drawing is open to US residents only. I will not be able to ship cigars internationally. Also you must be 21 years of age or older to qualify for the drawing. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the US is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charity and all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you so much to everyone who donates. The money raised will have a profound impact on the lives of many sick children. And thank you to my very generous friends at CigarsDirect.com, Empire Cigars of Raleigh, Sam Leccia, and Oliva Cigar Co. that donated the cigars for the drawing.

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