In 2013, I challenged myself like I never have before and I rode a bicycle the 202 miles from Seattle to Portland over the course of two days. After training over 1,100 miles (and falling only once!), I was prepared and ready for the journey. Everyone told me what a huge accomplishment it was – and it felt good, don’t get me wrong – but I knew that it wasn’t as hard as it seemed. I put in the time and the effort, purchased the right gear and had the support of my friends and coworkers – that was all it took.
These ingredients for my success pale in comparison to what it takes to prepare a child at Ryther for success. They need the feeling of safety from around-the-clock counselors, a therapist to talk them through their trauma, a therapy dog to learn how to nurture and treatment groups to realize they’re not the only ones going through whatever it is they’re experiencing – and so much more. For some, Ryther is their last chance at a better life.
I joined the “Ride for Ryther” team again in 2014 for them – and I’ve raised the stakes by committing to ride the journey in only ONE DAY on July 12, 2014. The kids at Ryther need you to raise the stakes too and contribute to help them prepare to find their “forever” family. Having worked at Ryther for over four years, I have witnessed firsthand – from side hugs to setbacks – the difficult work that Ryther's caring staff do every day to help the kids and teens.
Please give generously today!
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About the Ride for Ryther
Now in its third year, the Ride for Ryther has grown to a team of 11 including 6 Ryther staff members, John Gonzales, Siri Gillespie, Robin Bennett, Becky Hutton, Marbie Descatamiento and Colin Powers, and some community supporters. The team will be cycling the 202 miles from Seattle to Portland July 12-13 to raise awareness and funds to support Ryther's programs.
This year, donations made to Ride for Ryther will go towards Specific Assistance, a fund that provides specific activities and items for the children in our Sub Acute Residential Treatment Program:
- $50 would purchase new outfits for a child's adoption photo shoot
- $100 would provide therapeutic yoga classes for all children for one month
- $250 would allow five kids to attend a week-long summer camp of their choice
Ryther is a leader in behavioral health services for children, teens and youth - some of the most vulnerable in Washington state. Those they serve have often been affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, addiction or trauma.
Ryther is dedicated to providing comprehensive services and innovative treatments so that every child and family they work with may experience new ways of thinking, develop positive relationships and realize a better life.
The team is riding as part of the large Group Health STP ride: http://www.cascade.org/ride-major-rides/group-health-stp
Visit Ryther's website for more info: www.ryther.org