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Scott's Miracle Riders 2014 return home to Columbus

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The Chattahoochee Valley gave Scott's Miracle Riders a warm welcome home on Friday night, May 23, as their 21 day motorcycle trek came to an end, raising $215,000 for the Children's Miracle Network.

News Leader 9 has been following the ride since the day they left on May 2.

They traveled through 48 states in 21 days in an annual effort for their cause.

Scott Ressmeyer and his team of 15 other bikers started their journey on May 2 with a hefty task of covering nearly 9,000 miles cross country in order to fund the health care needs of ailing children in the Chattahoochee Valley. The riders all offered their own time and money to the cause, each one likely spending about $4,500 of their own money.

Starting as a solo ride in 2009, Ressmeyer set out to ride annually for 10 years, or to raise one million dollars—whichever comes first. Every year since, community support has grown for this two-wheeled fundraiser. It's support that people like Janet Biggers says she takes personal.

I have a grandchild that was preemie, and had to spend time in the NICU, and I know how important that is and how critical that is. It's just a wonderful event," says Biggers.

Biggers, along with others, joined the Miracle Riders on the last leg of the trip from the National Infantry Museum, down the River Walk, and into Uptown Columbus. One rider says the anticipation reminds him of his week long trek with the riders in 2012.

"I was 76 at the time, but I made it," says Walter Rosso, a former Miracle Rider. "And I'll always enjoy it. It's one of my big memories in my life."

When the riders came thundering through at the National Infantry Museum, the crowd of supporters erupted in applause and cheers, welcoming the crew as they were escorted by Law Enforcement to a table full of Country's tea.

Later, joined by other bikers, the Riders paraded down the Columbus RiverWalk, and were met by hundreds of other cheering members of the community at the Uptown Concert Series.

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