Race for Life Top Fundraisers
The 2018 RFL season has now concluded and all of the donation envelopes have been tallied and the overall Top-5 Fundraisers have been named.
1 Ryland Bricker Funds raised: $7,041
2 Liam Holt Funds raised: $6,650
3 James Akers Funds raised: $2,245
4 Bryce Ferrell Funds raised: $1,800
5 Chevy Hoffman Funds raised: $1,550
For 2018, Box Components came on board as a sponsor of the entire RFL series, and put up some incredible prizes for the Top-5 fundraisers. As a reward for their deeds, here is what the Top-5 earned for their efforts:
USA BMX, on behalf of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, and our sponsors, would like to thank all of the participants and tracks who participated in the 2018 Race for Life series, and who continue to have a major impact on raising funds to find a cure for Leukemia-Lymphoma.
HOW IT ALL STARTED: The Todd Kingsbury Story
Like most kids his age, 11-year-old Todd Kingsbury lived and breathed bicycle motocross (BMX) 24 hours a day. In the early part of 1980, he was the leader in the American Bicycle Association's BMX district points competition. However, as the year went on, Todd went from winning the district-wide events to just barely qualifying for local BMX championship events. Something was wrong. At a Michigan state championship race in July 1980, Todd crashed and had to get his arm checked out. Like most BMX accidents, everything checked out fine but Todd's arm continued to hurt the following week. After getting bumped at school, his arm swelled up to the size of a grapefruit. The Kingsbury family became very concerned and decided it was time for a thorough examination. Todd would spend the next nine days in and out of the hospital, enduring many tests and exams, while at the same time dreaming of someday becoming a BMX Pro. Finally, the doctors completed their diagnosis and explained to Todd and his parents that Todd had leukemia. Todd was now faced with the biggest race: his race for life. In July 1981, when the American Bicycle Association (ABA) staff learned of Todd's diagnosis, the organization and the "family-like" sport of BMX decided to pitch in and help by launching the "Race For Life" series, with all the proceeds going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's efforts to help find a cure for kids such as Todd. An amazing $223,000 was raised that first year, with 130 ABA tracks putting on Race For Life events. Although weakened by leukemia, Todd continued to ride and worked harder than anyone to support the Race For Life event at Waterford Oaks, MI BMX track. Todd was to be the honorary race director for that race and told a reporter, "This (event) might help other people from getting (leukemia)." Todd passed away on Sept. 13, 1981 and was laid to rest in his Powerlite BMX uniform, taking with him a part of the sport he loved. In his 12 years of life, Todd touched many parents and racers. He is remembered in the hearts of all BMXers each year, as every USA BMX track holds a Race For Life in the hope that someday, there will be a cure for leukemia and a deserving boy such as Todd can live a full life. Each year, every USA BMX track holds a "Race For Life", with all proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At these special events, racers can win a ton of cool prizes depending on how many donations they bring in from a patch or a T-shirt, to a free all expense paid trip to the ABA Grand National in Tulsa, Ok over Thanksgiving weekend.