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Sheriff supports ‘Ride for Miracles’
by Tribune Staff
May 11, 2012 | 824 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reno — Sheriff Mike Jolley from Georgia and 13 “posse riders” boarded their motorcycles and embarked on a 21-day, 48-state journey May 4 to raise awareness and money for the needs and services supported by Children’s Miracle Network.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Todd Vinger, and representatives from Children’s Miracle Network will greet Sheriff Jolley and his 13 riders at Renown Children’s Hospital today to raise awareness for Children’s Miracle Network in northern Nevada.

Scott Ressmeyer, one of Sheriff Jolley’s riders, launched the event three years ago.

“This has always been about the babies and the children,” Ressmeyer says. “Riding through rain, hail, wind and around tornadoes is nothing compared to what some of these little ones endure every day. Their strength and perseverance are what inspire us 365 days a year but, particularly, over the 21 days when we are on the road.

“We battle for those who need a little extra help in their fight, and maybe someday, they will get to hop on a motorcycle or run in a race or write a check or organize an event that will do the same for someone else,” he said.

The event will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. at Renown Children’s hospital in the ER Lobby.

The northern Nevada Children’s Miracle Network Hospital has raised more than $8 million to keep quality healthcare within the region for our community’s youngest patients. It is the only Children’s Hospital between Sacramento and Salt Lake City, serving children as far as Winnemmucca to Susanville, to the Fallon/Fernley area, including Minden and Gardnerville.  

Ressmeyer launched the event three 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 and Sheriff Jolley on the 2011 journey.   

The Miracle Riders plan to visit patients at several CMN hospitals along the way. They will also contribute to a blog to journal their travels. People interested in following their blogs may log onto www.yourhealthourmission.com. Once their journey begins, people may visit the same website to track the riders’ route in real time.

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