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3rd Annual Ride for Ryan

Written by  April 30, 2005

On August 11, 2002, Ryan Consolver’s life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 as a result of a motorcycle accident on Highway 169 in Kansas City. For several months following Ryan’s death, his parents, Rick and Janis of Union Star, Missouri, struggled to cope and to find a way to go on with their lives. Finally, they came up with a plan to honor Ryan’s memory while benefiting others. They decided to organize a motorcycle event called the Ride for Ryan that would be held on his next birthday in June, 2003. Supportive family and friends pitched in to form a committee of 35 to plan the event. The decision was made to use the proceeds for a scholarship fund. Ryan had been the recipient of a scholarship and had earned his degree in Construction Engineering from Southeast Community College in Milford, Nebraska. He was employed by Quality Homes in Kansas City at the time of his death. The scholarships made possible by this ride were designated for high school students to further their education in the field of building construction.

Ryan’s dad was determined to rebuild Ryan’s 1995 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy in time to lead the ride. His mom was determined to promote the event effectively enough to draw at least 300 participants. When the day came for the ride, both parents achieved their objectives. The bike looked magnificent, and the registration count came to 301! Thankful that their prayers had been answered, they decided to continue the event on an annual basis to benefit many students and to keep Ryan’s memory alive. The ride was even more successful in 2004 and resulted in five scholarships compared to one the first year.

Ryan’s birthday is coming up again, and it’s nearly time for the 3rd Annual Ride for Ryan. Motorcycles, classic cars, and other vehicles are welcome to participate. The event will start at St. Joe Harley-Davidson, 4020 S. 169 Highway, St. Joseph, Missouri on June 4, 2005. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon, and the fee is $15 per person. Participants will tour the countryside where Ryan loved to ride and will draw numbered poker chips for a chance to win cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 for the three highest totals. There will be door prizes as well. The ride will end at Las Palma’s Mexican Restaurant at 2715 N. Belt. Entertainment will be provided by Rockin’ Raider Bob, and food will be served. At approximately 3:30 p.m. there will be an auction and raffle drawing.

For additional information, contact Roger at (816) 233-9042 or Amie at (816) 279-5780. We encourage you to support this worthy cause and honor the memory of a fallen brother.

Story by Stripe

Photos by Stripe, and some photos were provided by Ryan's family.