Scott's Ride for Miracles off and riding to benefit Children's Miracle Network at The Medical Center

Scott's Ride for Miracles off and riding to benefit Children's Miracle Network
                            at The Medical Center

PR Newswire

COLUMBUS, Ga., May 3, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ga., May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Columbus businessman Scott
Ressmeyer and 11 friends have started their 2013 Scott's Ride for Miracles, a
21-day, 9,000-mile, 48-state motorcycle trek to raise awareness and money to
benefit Children's Miracle Network at The Medical Center in Columbus, Ga. The
Miracle Send-Off Ceremony was held at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning, then at noon,
the riders revved up their Harley engines and roared out of The Medical

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What began in 2009 as a one-time, solo trip to commemorate Ressmeyer's 50^th
birthday, has turned into an annual event that now includes additional riders.
In 2010, 11 riders made the trip; In 2011, 14 riders participated; In 2012, 14
riders made the trek. 

This year's riders include 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 Scott's Miracle Riders is committed to
raising at least $2,500  to participate.

In its first four years, Scott's Ride for Miracles raised more than $430,000
for neonatal and pediatric services at The Medical Center. Ressmeyer says the
ultimate goal now is to raise $1 million over the course of the Ride.

The Miracle Riders will visit patients at several CMN hospitals along the way.
The riders will visit BSA Children's Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, on May 7.
The riders will then stop at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City,
South Dakota, on the morning of Wednesday, May 15. During a stop in our
nation's capitol in the third week of the ride, the 2013 Miracle Riders will
visit the Children's National Medical Center on May 23.

The Miracle Riders will also contribute to a blog to journal their travels.
People interested in following their blogs may log onto Once the journey begins, people may visit the same
website to track the riders' route in real time. The riders can also receive
direct messages at #srm2013.

Providing support for the event include Presenting Sponsor Mercedes Benz of
Columbus; Event sponsors Aflac, Chattahoochee Harley Davidson, Columbus Tape
and Video, Columbus Visitors Bureau, Country's Barbecue, Neonatology
Associates, TSYS; and Bike Wrap Sponsors Front Porch of the South, Leisure
Lifestyles, McCauley Propeller and Wells Fargo Bank.

The 2013 Scott's Ride for Miracles received a special donation at the kickoff
ceremony in March. The Grainger Foundation has donated $50,000 to Scott's Ride
in support of The Children's Miracle Network at The Medical Center. This
donation was recommended by Brian Brock, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger,
Inc.'s Columbus, Ga., location, and 2013 Miracle Rider. Grainger has been a
part of the Columbus business community for more than 23 years as the leading
broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. The
Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest,
Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W.
Grainger, Inc.

Anyone can make a donation to the 2013 Scott's Ride for Miracles by logging
onto the event's website at

Contact:  Anne Holmes
(706) 660-6566; (706) 320-1305 (pager)

SOURCE Columbus Regional Healthcare System

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