Kyle Petty Charity Ride Stops in Winona

May 19, 2017 08:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Retired NASCAR driver Kyle Petty made his way through Minnesota Friday to make sure hundreds of children with illnesses have a chance to go to summer camp.

Nearly 125 motorcycle riders with the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America were greeted by a crowd of hundreds of people in Winona.


"We started to ride in 1995. This is our 23rd year. The first few years we did it for children's hospitals," said Petty.

Petty says the ride has raised $17.5 million and in honor of his late son Adam.  Most of the money will go to Victory Junction.

"Victory Junction is a summer camp that serves children ages 6 to 16 with serious medical conditions,” said Chad Coltrane, the President and CEO of Victory Junction.

"When my oldest son was killed, that was the platform we chose. To help kids, to help kids that were in need, kids and their families financially that were in need and to be able to just give them a break. Just let kids be kids," said Petty.

The pack has been driving hundreds of miles braving through rough weather conditions.

"We've seen snow, we've seen rain, it's been windy, it's been cold," added Petty.

But it doesn't faze them knowing it’s all for the good of the kids.

"What most folks don't understand is that kids with medical conditions or disabilities don't have the same opportunities as maybe you or I and so they come to camp and they have the opportunity to do a lot of things for the first time," said Coltrane.

The riders ended the day in Winona with the city’s mayor giving them some recognition.

"I, Mayor Mark Peterson of the city of Winona do hereby proclaim May 19th, 2017 as Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Day in Winona,” announced Mark Peterson, the Mayor of Winona.

"Our whole trip through Minnesota has just been everywhere we've been it's just like 'yeah come on man, yeah you can come in and get warm, hangout for a while.' So, it's a very welcoming state,” said Petty.

The nearly 2,500-mile ride ended Friday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Roxanne Elias

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