COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With more than $650,000 already raised, Scott Ressmeyer and 15 additional miracle riders held their departure ceremony at Midtown Medical Center.
The men got on the road to raise funds and awareness for the Children's Hospital at Midtown Medical Center while driving to 48 states in 21 days on their motorcycles.
Each of the riders is aiming to raise $2,500 during their nearly 9,000 mile journey across the United States. Columbus law enforcement helped escort Ressmeyer and the riders around 11 a.m.
Ressmeyer said he would have never imagined that his trip he took to celebrate his 50th birthday few years ago would have turned into something bigger.
"It's unbelievable," Ressmeyer explained. "We live in a phenomenal community, and I can't say enough about my town and what it means to me. I am excited to know that many people want to support kids in our community, and we will tell the kids' stories to people across America."
Ryan Chandler, the CEO of Midtown Medical Center told News Leader 9 that Scott's Ride for Miracles helped the hospital purchase new equipment for neonatal intensive care unit, open up their pediatric emergency department and hire more doctors.
"We were able to serve more than 23,000 children last year," Chandler said. "Scott already collected $650,000 in his first four years. I think Scott will surpass his one million dollar goal even before his 10th year, which is his expected target."
People can follow Scott Ressmeyer's trip and watch his live videos on his blog at http://rideformiracles.com/
The riders are expected to return to Columbus at Broadway on the evening of May 23, 2014.
News Leader 9 will also have daily live reports from Scott Ressmeyer and the riders throughout their trip on our 6 a.m. morning show, 6 p.m evening show and 7 p.m. evening show on our sister station WXTX Fox 54.