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More than 200 riders, led by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, kicked off a cross country motorcycle charity ride last weekend to benefit Victory Junction Gang, a medical camp dedicated to enriching the lives of children with medical conditions or serious illnesses such as cancer, hemophilia, spina bifida, epilepsy and more.

“With the economy continuing to struggle, these children and their families need our support now more than ever,” said Petty. “Victory Junction provides life-changing opportunities for deserving children and their families and it’s our hope that we are able to raise funds to impact many lives, despite the current economic challenges. Pattie and I are excited to hit the road with our fellow riders, sponsors and fans again this year. Riding across America provides unforgettable memories and lasting friendships for everyone involved.”

Celebrities, sports stars and big-hearted bikers flocked to the starting line of the annual Charity Ride Across America, which Petty started in 1995. His passion for motorcycle riding and helping others has translated into amazing numbers for charity – $9.1 million to be exact, and more than $13 million donated to children’s charities.

‘Kyle Pettys Charity Ride Across America’ kicked off in Indian Wells, California with a final destination of Victory Junction in Randleman, N.C. As riders travel across the country, the Charity Ride participants will greet fans and supporters at overnight stops in North Las Vegas, Nev.; Richfield, Utah; Durango, Colo.; Amarillo, Texas; Texarkana, Texas; Choctaw, Miss.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Asheville, N.C.

To follow the riders, make a donation, or to learn more, click here – or you can support the ride by becoming a fan on Facebook.

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