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Remembering Ryan, Darron, and John

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BENEFITING: Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge

ORGANIZER: Erin

EVENT: Walk For Hope-Twin Cities 2014

EVENT DATE: Sep 28, 2014

Blake Ricker

THE STORY:


Once again I am fundraising and participating in the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Walk for Hope.  For more than 25 years, Mn Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to teens and adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. What sets Teen Challenge apart from other chemical dependency rehabilitation centers is that the cornerstone of the program is developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. This year I will be walking in memory of
​Darron Luhrsen a​nd Ryan Barnes.  I was in Teen Challenge with both of them and
​Darron was one of my best friends. Darron overcame more adversity in his short life than most of us could ever imagine. Darron was born 14 weeks premature addicted to Heroin and Cocaine.  He went directly into foster care and was in 60 different foster homes, shelters, group homes, juvenile detention centers, ect. by the time he aged out of the system.  The hardest thing for Darron to accept was that he never had a mother and father who were able to love him.  However, the
​Darron I knew had found the love he'd been missing in Jesus Christ and was one of the most compassionate, caring, and righteous seeking men I've known.  Darron
​had four amazing years because of Teen Challenge.  Darron was a youth leader at Hosanna Church staying with the same group of boys for 3 years, He spoke in front of thousands of people sharing how Jesus had changed his life,​ he made the Dean's list 5 out of 6 semesters at North Central University, and he spent 3 weeks in Israel walking where his Savior did. Darron also met a beautiful woman, Erin Olsen, who loves the Lord like he did and they had a child, Chance.  Despite not having his biological father around, Darron's son Chance will have a good life, because Darron found a woman who will be a good mother raising her son in the presence of his Almighty Father.  Darron experienced some difficult times in late spring of 2013 and turned to alcohol out of desperation.  On August 12, 2013
​Darron drove his car into the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis while drunk, one week before his 27th birthday and a couple of weeks before his son's 1st birthday.  I miss him very much, there was an unconditional love and friendship we shared that only God could have provided. As overwhelmingly sad as his death has been for many, the positive impact he had on so many lives in such a short time is much greater.  Through the Faith I found in Teen Challenge I know; through the Word of God, through God's assuring voice in Prayer, and through Dreams and Visions of Darron without the sadness he seemed to carry in this life, that he is in peace spending his eternity with Jesus in the next.
 
So that's why I ask for your support this year, because I'm grateful for what Teen Challenge has done in my life and my friends lives.  Because I believe this ministry as much as any resembles the ministry of Jesus Christ, reaching out to those who are broken and have lost all hope.  Also because I want to honor the memory of my friend Darron.  Don't feel obligated to give, just give if the Lord puts it on your heart.


WHERE
Harriet Island in St. Paul, MN

WHEN
Sunday, September 28, 2014

SCHEDULE
11:00am-1:00pm: Registration, Fund Collection, Picnic Lunch & Kids Corner
1:00-2:30pm: 5K Walk
2:30-3:00pm: MnTC Choir & Program

Our annual Walk for Hope is a great event for the whole family! Your kids (or you!) can take advantage of free face painting, cotton candy, art easels, balloon art and bean bag toss before or after the 5k walk in the park. Before the walk, we provide a picnic lunch and music; then join us after for the program, and performance by the MnTC Choir. Help MnTC by finding sponsors for your walk or join a fundraising team to win cool prizes!

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$550

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jim and Beth Blessman

    $100

  • Clint & Kris Spurrier

    $100

  • Bruce and Michell Ricker

    $250

  • Lindsay Ricker

    $40

  • Kaitlyn Pirtle

     

  • Fell

    $50

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $2,225 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Erin Oleson

Amount Raised

$1,045

 

35% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Blake Ricker

Amount Raised

$550

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Kristyn Barnes

Amount Raised

$300

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Jamie Ellig

Amount Raised

$150

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Drew Goranson

Amount Raised

$130

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Leah Burlingame

Amount Raised

$50

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Kelly Macalus

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Fell

Fell

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Kaitlyn Pirtle

Kaitlyn Pirtle

5 years ago

Lindsay Ricker

Lindsay Ricker

DONATION: $40

Although I'm sadly unable to participate in the walk, I'm honored to be a part of supporting such an amazing program as Teen Challenge. I will forever be grateful to Teen Challenge and it will always holds a special place in my heart for the impact it has had on my family and so many others. In memory of those who fought the long, difficult battle of addiction... 5 years ago

Bruce and Michell Ricker

Bruce and Michell Ricker

DONATION: $250

We will walk with you for Teen Challenge saves lives! 5 years ago

Clint & Kris Spurrier

Clint & Kris Spurrier

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Jim and Beth Blessman

Jim and Beth Blessman

DONATION: $100

5 years ago