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Royals fans making a difference through generosity

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Over the past 10 years, Royals Charities has donated $7 million to local charities, and it is all because fans stepped up to the plate.

When one thinks Kansas City Royals, they probably don't think of a child getting his first bicycle, but the two are connected.

If anyone has ever bought a raffle ticket at a Royals game, they may have helped buy 6-year-old Bryce Pinter's first bicycle. 

An adaptive bike for someone with special needs can cost about $5,000.

"I can remember as a kid when you learn how to ride a bike, it is your first sense of freedom, and it's great to see Bryce gets to experience that as well," Bryce's dad, Scott Pinter, said.

The nonprofit Variety of Kansas City was able to buy one for Bryce and another for 13-year-old Elijah Rowden, because they are one of several local charities that benefit from the Royals' 50/50 raffles.

"I got a bike that could support me.  I was able to go a lot faster and move around," Elijah said.

Elijah's dad, Ron Rowden, said it filled him up completely with gratitude and joy.

"To see my son active and out there on the streets, right there with all the other kids in the neighborhood," Ron Rowden said.

The Royals say they are going to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars this year.  The 50/50 raffles are at every home game this year.  Half the money goes to the winner, and the other half goes to local charities.

"There's really nothing better than when you see a kid benefit from the generosity of fans that are out at the ball park," said Toby Cook, vice president of community affairs and publicity for the Royals.

A raffle ticket costs $2, but the more tickets one buys, the cheaper they get.

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