Two years ago I started the Ride for Ryther on a whim. I wanted to see what more I could do for Ryther and more importantly for the children whom it serves. After experiencing overwhelming success over the last two campaigns I truly can say I have been given an overwhelming sense of hope that this campaign can change lives.
This year I have so many reasons to ride, so many stories of why I need to keep Riding for Ryther. I'm riding for “Chelsea”, who came to Ryther after 20 failed placements, and “Jason”, who learned to bite others when frustrated because his mother bit him. “Sarah” who constantly needed reassurance everyone was ok after suffering chronic neglect from her parents, and “Mike” who needs a weighted blanket to help with the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. There will be countless people whose lives this ride will affect. When I feel like giving up I will remember all those who will be cheering me along, to those who have joined with me in the Ride for Ryther, and ultimately to the smiling faces of the children back at Ryther, and I will keep Riding for Ryther.
I ride for the children whose lives are changed on a daily basis by the staff that provide a consistent therapeutic environment. It is only in this environment that many of these children can find hope; hope for a new outlook on life that they too can succeed in a forever family.
I ride to inspire change, not just for the kids but for all the adults that this campaign has inspired to give of themselves. This effort has inspired people to get active and fight for change. In the past two years this fundraiser has reached hundreds of people helping them learn of the incredible work that is done at Ryther; a story that is compelling enough to inspire people to donate their time, energy, and money.
This fundraiser represents change and a chance for hope. Please help in any way possible to continue to inspire change and provide hope for those that may feel as though things are hopeless.
RYTHER wrote -
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