Recently, Dr. Parks participated in the 19th annual Kyle Petty Ride Across America Charity Ride. This was Dr. Parks 3rd year to take part in this ride in an effort raise funds for charities that support chronically ill children.
The idea for the ride came in 1994, when NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and three friends rode their motorcycles from North Carolina to a NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. During their journey, friends joined the ride, and by the time the group reached Phoenix, the group had grown to 30 people. The turnout inspired Kyle Petty, and thus the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America was created.
Victory Junction has been the Ride’s primary beneficiary for the last nine years. The camp was founded by the Petty family, to honor their son Adam, who was killed on the racetrack in 2000. The camp opened its doors in 2004 to “enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound.”
Dr. Parks feels blessed to be part of this Ride, which combines is passion for helping others with his love of motorcycles. This year, the ride took Dr. Parks from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Tempe, Arizona. Now in its 19th year, more than 7,180 riders have logged 10.4 million cumulative motorcycle miles and donated nearly $15 million to Victory Junction Camp and other children’s charities.
To learn more about the Victory Junction or to make a contribution, please visit www.VictoryJunction.org.