The 21st annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is coming to a close.
The 2,500-mile motorcycle ride from California to Missouri was created by Kyle Petty, whose father is NASAR legend Richard Petty. The ride raises funds and awareness for Petty’s Victory Junction, a camp created to benefit kids with chronic illnesses. It was created in honor of Petty’s son Adam, who died racing.
This year the ride included the Pettys as well as NASCAR giants Donnie Allison, Harry Gant, and Matt Kenseth, as well as Herschel Walker of the NFL and many others.
The eight-day ride has been going for 20 years, and Kyle Petty takes the time to promote it on Twitter to allow others to experience the fun and understand the deeper meaning behind the program.
This year the ride has special meaning for participants, as its co-creator Don Tilley died last August. “The 2015 Ride will serve as a tribute to our special friend,” wrote Kyle Petty on the Ride’s website.
Victory Junction camp serves children ages 6-16 who might not otherwise be able to attend camp, given their illnesses, which include everything from HIV to cancer to diabetes. The camp opened in 2004, and since then, it has served children from all 50 states, as well as some international participants. It is a member of Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network and is accredited by the American Camping Association.
Programs are offered year round and include 24-hour medical supervision and accessibility as well as plenty of activities that are exciting and fun. Because the camp strives to provide its services at no cost to the children and their families, fundraising events like the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America are vital. The camp works hard to provide kids with the opportunity to try new things in a safe, empowering environment that encourages resilience.