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5th Annual "Ride for the Kids" fundraiser takes off in Dubuque

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Hundreds of motorcycles and dozens of cars made their way across eastern Iowa Saturday to raise money to find a cure for children's brain tumors and heart defects. It's a part of Ride for the Kids, an organization founded by two Dubuque-area families on a personal mission to find the cure for children's brain tumors and heart defects. One family, Brian and Amanda Wessels, have a 4-year-old son, Mathew, who was born with a heart defect. He has already gone through 3 open heart surgeries. The Reiss family lost their daughter, Sarah, nearly 3 years ago to a brain tumor. She was 22 years old.

Saturday morning, hundreds of motorcycles and dozens of cars made their way out of Happy's Place in Dubuque for the 5th annual Ride For The Kids. This year, Ride for the Kids traveled to Cascade, Farley, Holy Cross and Sherrill. Money raised at the poker run, ride and drive, will be benefit brain tumor and heart defect research programs at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Mark Reiss is founder of Ride for the Kids. He says Saturday's cool weather was a gift from his daughter, Sarah.

"We have beautiful weather," he said. "There is no doubt in our mind that is because of our angels up above."

To date, Ride for the Kids has raised just shy of $300,000 for brain tumor and heart defect research programs at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

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