COLUMBUS, Ga., May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A record 15 motorcycle riders will join Columbus businessperson Scott Ressmeyer this year for the sixth "Scott's Ride for Miracles" to benefit Children's Miracle Network (CMN) at Midtown Medical Center. Once again, Ressmeyer and the riders will travel to the 48 contiguous states in 21 days, raising awareness of the outstanding work of Children's Miracle Network hospitals and raising funds for the Children's Hospital at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga. Today, Ressmeyer and 15 friends leave Midtown Medical Center for the trip. They will returnto an enthusiastic crowd in Uptown Columbus.
Joining Ressmeyer, who is from Fortson, Ga., will be Rick Stinson, Brian Brock, Kevin Simms, James Leatherwood and Billy Edmundson, all of Columbus, Ga.; James Cole, Brad Hansen, David McNeil and Steve Tennant, from Midland, Ga.; Mike Jolley, Hamilton, Ga.; Mike Langford and Ken Tidwell from Cataula, Ga.; Gary McDowell, Manchester, Ga.; Mike Cunningham, Opelika, Ala.; and Ronnie Wilson,Salem, Ala.
In addition to taking time off work and funding all personal expenses associated with the ride including hotels, meals and gasoline, each of 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.
The Miracle Riders plan to visit patients at several CMN hospitals along the way. They also will contribute to a blog to journal their experiences and will send daily videos of their travels. These will be posted to the website www.rideformiracles.com, where visitors may track their travels in real time, post messages of support and encouragement, and donate to CMN at Midtown Medical Center.
To date, Scott's Ride for Miracles has raised more than $650,000 to purchase equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital at Midtown Medical Center. The ultimate goal is to raise $1 million over the course of the Ride.
The presenting sponsor for Scott's Ride for Miracles is Chattahoochee/Big Swamp Harley-Davidson. Other sponsors include Country's Barbecue, Neonatology Associates, TSYS, Aflac, Mercedes-Benz of Columbus, Uptown Columbus, Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Columbus Tape and Video.
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NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brandon Marshall Foundation, Starved Rock Harley-Davidson and Linden Oaks at Edward are teaming up in an effort to increase awareness of mental illness and raise funds for mental health treatment.
The organizations are presenting the Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride on. The event will begin at at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center, 1335 N. Mill St. in Naperville, with motorcycle registration and comments from Brandon Marshall, NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Chicago Bears, and his wifeMichi.
Brandon, Michi and the bikers will hit the road atfor a trip of more than 50 miles through Aurora, Oswego and Yorkville, ending at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership, 750 Centennial Dr. in Ottawa, where activities will include entertainment, a cookout, raffles and prizes.
The cost to have a motorcycle in the ride is $20 and includes lunch and a commemorative pin. All makes and models of bikes are welcome. Passenger registration is $10and includes lunch. An adult non-rider ticket to the event at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership is $10 and includes lunch. To register online, visitwww.starvedrockhd.com/brandonmarshallride.
Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2010. Since then, he and Michi co-founded The Brandon Marshall Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to end the stigma associated with mental illness, advocate for unprecedented awareness, connect those suffering to the resources they need and paint the world lime green (the official color for mental health awareness).
"People from all walks of life experience mental illness, including football players and motorcycle riders," says Marshall. "You'd go get treatment for a broken arm or cancer. Mental illness is no different. It's a sign of strength to seek help. I can tell you it is liberating to get a diagnosis, receive treatment, and begin living your life again."
The Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride came about due to the efforts of Erin Vandervelde, whose family owns the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership and where she is Operations Manager.
"I have two family members who suffer from bipolar disorder," says Vandervelde. "The challenges of dealing with a mental illness stretch throughout a family. When I noticed Brandon and Michi Marshall were talking about mental illness and sharing their story with the world in an attempt to remove the stigma associated with those suffering, I immediately wanted to help. A single donation request for a t-shirt has led to a friendship and partnership with The Brandon Marshall Foundation.
"Harley-Davidson riders, and motorcycle riders in general, are a very generous crowd. They are also a group that has great compassion for those less fortunate. My hope is that this ride not only raises money for The Brandon Marshall Foundation, but ultimately shines a bright and hopeful light on those suffering from mental illness, their friends and family."
"We are thrilled to partner with Brandon and Harley-Davidson because our goals are the same," says Gina Sharp, President, Linden Oaks at Edward. "This is an excellent opportunity to emphasize the importance of seeking treatment for mental health illnesses and disorders, and let people know how and where they can find help."
For more information about or to make a donation to The Brandon Marshall Foundation, visit www.thebrandonmarshall.com/foundation.
Linden Oaks at Edward is a 108-bed behavioral health hospital on Edward Hospital's Naperville campus with outpatient offices in Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles,Woodridge and Yorkville. For more information about Linden Oaks and its involvement in the ride, visit www.lindenoaks.org/brandon-marshall-ride. For immediate assistance and a free and confidential mental health assessment, call the Linden Oaks 24/7 Help Line at (630) 305-5027.
SOURCE Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward
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