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Big Air Kids Fair visits LLU Children’s Hospital

Motocross freestyle riders Jeff Tilton (left) and Ronnie Renner, two of the most talented freestyle riders in the world, perform for patients and staff at Loma Linda University Children�s Hospital.
Motocross freestyle riders Jeff Tilton (left) and Ronnie Renner, two of the most talented freestyle riders in the world, perform for patients and staff at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Some of the biggest names in Supercross racing joined patients, parents, and staff on the front lawn of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on January 17 to watch freestyle motocross riders perform a ramp-to-ramp demonstration of heart-stopping tricks. Now in its fifth year, the appropriately named “Big Air Kid’s Fair” is the most highly anticipated event on the hospital calendar.

At 1:00 p.m. in front of Children’s Hospital, Steve Bauer, co-founder of Wonder Warthog Racing, introduced a group of visiting riders, including seven-time Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath, Team Honda’s Andrew Short, Sobe/NoFear’s Kevin Windham, and Josh Grant. Also attending was Miss Supercross, Brittney George, who handled some of the announcing duties.

Jeff Tilton and Ronnie Renner, two of the most talented freestyle riders in the world, again dazzled the crowd as they performed incredible tricks while hurtling through the air, mere feet away from the wide-eyed faces of patients and staff watching from the second floor viewing area.

After the jump demo the riders split into two groups and toured the hospital, distributing loads of shirts, hats, pajamas, toys, and other products generously donated by motorcycle industry leaders, such as FMF, NoFear, Smooth Industries, Live Nation, Pro-Circuit, Troy Lee Designs, AlpineStars, Thor, O’Neal, and many others.

This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Marty Moates, who passed away on December 7. Mr. Moates was a legend in the motorcycling community and a hero to all who knew him. His unmatched generosity, kind spirit, and infectious grin were a huge part of what makes these visits so special for everyone involved, and his presence will be missed by all.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, January 29, 2007