Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

1st Annual Teagan’s Ride – Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  October 31, 2011

On Saturday October 8, 2011, Alan Wrinkle hosted the 1st Annual Teagan’s Ride. Teagan was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis, and this event was held to help collect donations to pay for the sky-rocketing medical costs that give Teagan a chance to live a life like every other little girl.

As per the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, Connecticut, “Pulmonary stenosis is a congenital defect (present at birth) that occurs due to abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. The pulmonary valve is found between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery. It has three leaflets that function like a one-way door, allowing blood to flow forward into the pulmonary artery, but not backward into the right ventricle. With pulmonary stenosis, problems with the pulmonary valve make it harder for the leaflets to open and permit blood to flow forward from the right ventricle to the lungs. In children, these problems can include:
a valve that has leaflets that are partially fused together.
a valve that has thick leaflets that do not open all the way.
the area above or below the pulmonary valve is narrowed.

Teagan is affected with the version where a valve that has thick leaflets that do not open all the way. As of this date she has had to have two major heart surgeries to help correct her pulmonary valve. Keep your fingers crossed and Teagan in your prayers.

As a father of three amazing sons, I could not imagine having to cope with such devastation. That is why after receiving the information on this benefit ride I just had to attend.

Teagan’s Ride started at One Eyed Jacks at 5044 NE Parvin Rd, Kansas City, Missouri. Approximately 22 motorcycles showed up for this amazing cause. All participants took their first dice roll just before the noon kickstands up. The group mounted up and had a great ride with some perfect riding weather heading toward Richmond, Missouri down Missouri 210 Highway to the Tequila Jalisco Mexican Restaurant where all outdoor seating was reserved for the group. The riders enjoyed the food and beverages that adorned their menu while just sitting outside enjoying the beautiful fall day and feeling very grateful for the wonderful little things in life.
With bellies full and thirsts quenched, the group took their turns rolling the dice then mounted up for the 38-mile ride back to One Eyed Jacks where entertainment and adult beverages were waiting. Musical entertainment was donated by Joel, the lead singer of Bull Haulers, with his friends Jim and Paul backing him up. Around dark, before going home to their friends and family, the crowd was abuzz about the $1,400 that was raised for the day’s benefit and discussed how to make the ride bigger for the 2nd Annual Teagan’s Ride.

In summary, special THANKS has to go out to One Eyed Jacks, Paul Moore, President of the A.B.A.T.E for Missouri, Kansas City Northland Chapter, and A.B.A.T.E. member Jay Stockwell for all of their help and support, and all of the amazing people who participated in the 1st Annual Teagan’s Ride.

So until next year, as all bikers already know, there is no one with a bigger heart than a biker. If the Teagan’s story melts your heart as it did mine, and you want to donate to help Teagan; her mommy, Kelsi; and her daddy, Nathan, please contact Allan Wrinkle at 816-804-3016. He will gladly point you in the right direction.

By Danny Webb