Miracle Ride benefiting Riley is largest and longest motorcycle charity event

Miracle Ride benefiting Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is the largest and longest running motorcycle charity event in Indiana – potentially throughout the United States. Now celebrating 22 years, Miracle Ride has become an annual tradition for nearly 5,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and Riley Hospital advocates.

Registration is available on the day of the events. For more information about becoming a Miracle Rider to bring hope to families seeking help for seriously ill and injured children visit MiracleRide.net.

For a minimum $50 per person donation, participants can take part in one-of-five regional Poker Runs held on May 30, the signature “Big Ride” on May 31 and have the chance to win major prizes including motorcycles and cash prizes (for Poker Run winners). Participants may create personal online fundraising pages or purchase Riley Hospital for Children motorcycle license plates.

In the past 21 years, nearly $4.5 million has been raised by Miracle Ride Foundation to support Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana’s only nationally ranked and comprehensive children’s hospital.

“Miracle Ride Foundation is a long-time friend and partner to Riley Hospital, children and Riley Children’s Foundation. We see the impact on the lives of children throughout the hospital as a result of the remarkable effort and generosity of Miracle Ride sponsors and participants. We are deeply grateful for their concern and support,” said Kevin O’Keefe, president and CEO, Riley Children’s Foundation.

2015 Miracle Ride Schedule of Events
May 30 – 31
Saturday’s Poker Runs and Sunday’s “Big Ride” conclude on Main Street in Speedway, Ind. at the Miracle Ride tent (1501 Main Street, Speedway, IN 46224). Entertainment includes complimentary food and drinks, vendors and prize drawings.

Saturday, May 30 – Poker Run Information
Run 1: Harley-Davidson of Bloomington
•    Contact: Carol or Jeff Stevens at 812-333-8300
Run 2: Benson MC/Harley-Davidson of Muncie
•    Contact: Phil or Steve Benson at 765-288-1817
Run 3: Calumet Harley-Davidson, Munster
•    Contact: Chuck/Cindy Kreisl at 219-934-6366
Run 4: Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson, Indianapolis
•    Contact: Kathy Schulteti at 317-885-5180
Run 5: Lucky Harley-Davidson, Fort Wayne
•    Contact: Whitney Waggoner at 260-489-2464

Sunday, May 31 – Miracle Ride’s signature “Big Ride”
Nearly 5,000 motorcyclists will gather at the Allison Transmission, Inc. south parking lot (4700 W. 10th St.; Indianapolis) starting at 8 a.m. to enjoy live music and celebrity speakers. The “Big Ride” will depart at 11 a.m., and the parade of motorcycles will stretch roughly 9 miles (route is available). Motorcyclists ride past Riley Hospital for Children, where patients and caregivers line the sidewalks waving signs of appreciation, and take a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Ride will end on Main Street in Speedway, Ind.

Riley Hospital patients serve as Miracle Ride ambassadors
Grace Bennett, 8, Danville, Ind.
Grace was diagnosed at age 3 with a grade II oligoastrocytoma brain tumor. She had a craniotomy and right frontal lobe section on March 1, 2010. After her surgery, Grace underwent two years of weekly chemotherapy treatments. Not all of Grace’s tumor was able to be removed, so she has had two additional surgeries due to complications, the most recent on December 30, 2014. Riley pediatric neurosurgeon, Jodi Smith, M.D., will continue to monitor Grace’s tumor for signs of growth. Despite all of the challenges she has faced, Grace is an upbeat, outgoing third grader at Danville South Elementary School. She loves spending time with her friends and family and playing softball.

Zane Davidson, 11, Greenwood, Ind.
Zane is currently a patient at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health where he is being treated for leukemia. Zane is under the care of Riley pediatric oncologist Melissa Markel, M.D., and receives chemotherapy on a weekly basis. He is currently being home schooled to allow more flexibility with his treatment and is doing well. Zane enjoys spending time with his family and friends and doing whatever he can to help other kids at Riley!

About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit RileyKids.org.

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