EVENT DATE: Jul 14, 2012
On July 14, I will join thousands of cyclists and bike more than 200 miles in one day for the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bike Classic. I will be riding to raise money and awareness for Ryther, a nonprofit residential home for traumatized youth where I have worked for seven years.
I ride for Ryther because I can’t imagine a world without the services and hope they provide. Please join me and help give these youth a brighter future by making a tax-deductible donation on my behalf.
Before I started working at Ryther, I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was ten-years-old. But I had no car and taking the bus to work was costly and slow, so I decided to give biking a try. What started as a necessary mode of transportation quickly grew into a therapeutic strategy to help me process the intense experience of working with traumatized youth. As my passion for my work grew, so did my passion for riding.
Trauma is all too common in the lives of many children – homelessness, domestic violence, neglect, a family member abusing drugs or alcohol. Ryther serves some of the most acute children in Washington state; those coming from a history of chaos and emotional, verbal or physical abuse.
When these children come to Ryther, they are exposed to a safe and nurturing environment and taught new coping skills, so they can eventually transition to a less structured environment. For more than 125 years, Ryther has helped these children and their families experience new ways of thinking, develop positive relationships and realize a better life.
I care about these kids because I know their history and what they have been through. I started working at Ryther as an intern and today I’m the supervisor of a residential cottage. Without Ryther, these children have few options for a safe environment. With Ryther, they have hope for a better future.
For more information out Ryther: www.ryther.org
For more information about the bike ride: www.cascade.org/stp