Frosty Fat Tire Festival Raises Money for Children’s Medical Expenses

What would it take for you to bike in 3 degree weather? What if it helped children with serious illnesses?

Dozens of UnitedHealthcare volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts did just that on Saturday, Feb. 3, to cheer on fat-tire bikers during the second annual UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) Frosty Fat Tire Festival.

The event raised more than $70,000 for medical grants that help families pay for their children’s medical treatments, services or equipment that are not fully covered, by patients’ commercial health insurance plans. Grants are available to anyone with commercial health insurance – UHC member or not.

“Our mission is to help improve a child’s quality of life and help families gain access to the care they need. We’re looking to help thousands’ more children and families in 2018 and beyond,” said Matt Peterson, UHCFF president, before shaking hands with Tony, 16, a recent medical grant recipient from Otsego, Minnesota.


In addition to bikes running hundreds of snowy laps, the event also featured a raffle, silent auction, and reindeer sleigh rides. Check out the KARE-11 video of the bold, charitable bikers.

UHCCF has awarded grants worth more than $40 million since 2007 to families across the United States and aims to award its 20,000th grant by Jan. 1, 2020. About 90 percent of applications are granted.

To learn more about how you or someone you know can apply for a grant, visit