COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Eleven friends will join Columbus businessman Scott Ressmeyer this year for the fifth annual "Scott's Ride for Miracles" to benefit Children's Miracle Network at The Medical Center.
News Leader 9 was at the kick-off event held Wednesday March 27 for the upcoming Ride.
On Friday May 3 at 11:30 a.m., Ressmeyer, co-owner of Country's Barbecue and 11 friends will board their motorcycles at The Medical Center and embark upon a 21-day, 48-state journey to raise awareness and money for the needs and services supported by Children's Miracle Network at The Medical Center.
Joining Ressmeyer will be Mike Langford of Cataula; Larry Suits, Rick Stinson, Brian Brock, Raymond Eckel and Butch Thomas of Columbus; Mike Jolley of Hamilton; Gary McDowell of Manchester; James Cole and Brad Hansen of Midland; and Ronnie Wilson of Salem, Alabama. In addition to taking time off work and funding all personal expenses associated with the ride including hotels, meals and gasoline, each of the Scott's Miracle Riders is committed to raising at least $2,500 to participate in the nearly 9,000-mile trek across the United States.
Ressmeyer launched the event four years ago as a one-time, solo ride to commemorate his 50th birthday and to raise money for CMN at The Medical Center. Convinced by Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley to repeat this endeavor, Ressmeyer expanded the Ride in 2010 to include 10 additional Miracle Riders. Thirteen Riders joined Ressmeyer on the 2011 and 2012 journeys.
To date, Scott's Ride for Miracles has raised more than $430,000 to purchase equipment for the NICU and PICU at The Medical Center. Ressmeyer says the ultimate goal now is to raise $1 million over the course of the Ride.