Behind every motorcycle is a rider, and behind every rider is a cause. That cause for thousands of riders for the past five years has been Phoenix Children’s Hospital. As seen from the naked eye, it is a colorful tower, full of windows. But as the only free standing children’s hospital in Arizona and one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country with more than 70 different specialties—it’s seen as a place of hope for hundreds of thousands of kiddos and their families.
That’s why motorcycle enthusiasts have gathered for the past five years in collaboration with local dealerships Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale (HDOS) and GO AZ Motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for the kiddos at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, as part of a vision started by entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons.
On Saturday, November 5, The 5th Annual Bob’s Biker Blast event formally kicked off with a self-guided ride from Phoenix Children’s Hospital in which roughly 500 bikers participated, revving their motorcycle engines to the delight of Hospital patients, before riding to HDOS. Arcadia Tavern, Chipotle, Grimaldi’s pizza and Wal-mart provided food and beverages, while U-Haul helped with transportation and Tap Snap Photo booth provided a delightful souvenir for everyone to take home! That evening, more than 8,000 music lovers and riders converged at HDOS and enjoyed performances by popular country music artists Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan and Kellie Pickler.
“Bob’s Biker Blast is an off-the-charts celebration of music, motorcycles and our community,” said American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons. “It’s also about helping the good folks at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which Renee and I are proud to support. Thanks to the generosity of the local biker community, and all those who make this an outstanding event, we were able to do a lot of good, for a lot of kids, in a single day.”
Proceeds from the event totaled $250,000, including a generous donation from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. In the past five years, Bob’s Biker Blast has raised more than $1.7 million for the hospital’s Hope Fund and demonstrated the incredible generosity of the motorcycle community.
When you RIDE 4 PCH you help patients like:
Brendan. At 3 months old Brendan was admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in full congestive heart failure. He underwent several surgeries and eventually a heart transplant. He faces ongoing treatment and medical challenges but always keeps a positive attitude!
Brycen. Pulled from the bottom of his family’s swimming pool, Brycen didn’t have a pulse when first responders arrived. He was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s, where he was stabilized and permanent damage was minimized, leading to a full recovery!
Chance. After years of chronic stomach aches, Chance landed at Phoenix Children’s when he was 5 and finally received a diagnosis. He’s endured many procedures, but focuses on making the Hospital an even better place through the Children’s Advisory Board.
Isaiah. Isaiah came out of the womb fighting. Born two months early and without a jaw, he had no open breathing passages and was deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes. Doctors weren’t sure he would survive. He did, and he’s been a fighter ever since.
Kaitlynn. When she was 5 years old a muscle disorder started affecting Kaitlynn’s motor skills, eventually leaving her in a wheelchair unable to speak. After brain surgery at Phoenix Children’s, she’s relearning to walk and talk and feels “more human” again.