Our Miracle Riders are less than a month from kickstands up and launching onto one of the biggest adventures—and biggest fundraisers—of their lives. Before they get their motors running and head out on the highway, we want to make sure everyone has a chance to cheer, donate, share, and wear as much as they can to promote this amazing endeavor.
Join us for our Kickstands Up kick-off event sponsored by Thompson Electric!
September 19th at 9:30am at Thompson Electric in Sioux City
While the Miracle Riders have deep roots, this is the first year our Siouxland group is making the trek, and quite a trek it is. Covering thousands of unassisted miles around all of the Great Lakes in just 12 days, the Riders will depart from Sioux City on September 19th and return to us on September 30th. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds for our UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network, and they’ll share their journey with kids, babies, and families at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals along their route.
Make no mistake, this is no joy ride. Our Riders will have to brave unpredictable elements, road conditions, roadblocks, loneliness, and darkness. They will have to pack light, especially because they already carry the hopes of all who depend on them. And they will ride soaking up the thrill of the wind and the sun on their faces on behalf of every child who never got the chance to do the same.
The goal of the Miracle Ride is to raise enough funds to purchase a Giraffe Omnibed for the UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The NICU currently only has one of these beds available, leaving the hospital to cross its fingers that only one fragile premature baby will need it at a time. The truth is, the NICU could use eighteen; however, at $41,000 each, our Miracle Riders have their sites on providing one more. We’d also like to provide the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with a Cub Crib; a $9,000 crib that introduces unique caregiving, increased safety, and state-of-the-art healing technology to our young PICU patients.
Ways to Support the Miracle Ride
Attend the Send-Off Ceremony
Everyone is invited to join us on Monday, September 19th at 9:30am at Thompson Electric (2300 7th Street, Sioux City). Our goal is to send off our Miracle Riders with cheers that are louder than their engines, so the more voices we have, the better. The Riders will be available before the send-off to take pictures and shake hands, so come early and get ready to hug a Rider before they start their engines.
Donate to Support the Cause
All of our Miracle Riders are funding their own adventure, which means every penny you donate goes right to helping the kids. Honor the Riders’ commitment and make your own. The easiest way to donate is right through our website: www.miracleriders.org
Sport the Cause
Want to back the cause and have something to show for it? We’ve got you covered. Shop now to see our line of Miracle Riders t-shirts, bandanas, and bracelets. Each features the Miracle Riders logo. Wear everything with pride and as often as you can; you are our superhero billboard.
Corporate sponsorships are still available! Please email Anne directly to see how your business can make a difference in the lives of Siouxland kids.
Raising $50,000 in such a short time frame is tough, but, like so many of our kids facing challenges, it simply must be done. Because they need us to do it. And because we can if we try.
Will you help us try?