AMBASSADORS FOR MIRACLE RIDE
On June 1, our family served as an ambassador family for the 21st annual Miracle Ride for Riley. This means that we were selected to tell our story, along with the Kendricks family, in front of 4,200 bikers and their passengers. When I looked out from the stage during the pre-ride program at Allison Transmission, I saw motorcycles lined up with no end in sight!
Since my husband is a biker, we decided to try a group fundraising effort called Team Ethan. We were able to raise almost $6,000 for Riley, with 63 registered riders! My employer, Interactive Intelligence, also generously donated $5,000. Ethan has been adopted as the Finance Department Miracle Baby!
Before the ride started, Jason shared Ethan’s NICU journey and promoted Miracle Ride during several news interviews. Once everyone arrived, Tom Griswold of the Bob and Tom Show introduced our families, and he decided to take “selfies” with us. Once Governor Mike Pence arrived, Tom suggested he do the same, so we now have “selfies” with the Governor!
When it was time to take off, my older son Logan rode the motorcycle with his dad in the VIP section up front, and I followed behind in a car with Ethan and our parents. It gave me goose bumps when all of those bikes started their engines! We waved at the families in front of Riley Hospital, made a trip around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ended at Lucas Oil Raceway Park. There were people sitting outside on sidewalks just to watch this HUGE procession of motorcycles go by!
We have decided to join the Miracle Ride Committee permanently, as we have discovered it’s a great way for our family to give back to Riley for saving our Ethan. It was so heartwarming to be surrounded by people that just want to help the kids. Some were donating more than the required fee at the gate; another person approached me with a $20 donation before the start of the ride.
It’s amazing how generous people are when it comes to the children at Riley Hospital. Miracle Ride raised more than $300,000 for Riley this year. To everyone who participated or donated, thank you. We are looking forward to doing it all again next year!