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Angel Flight: Ride For Life

Written by  September 26, 2003

Every day we have choices on how and where we spend our time and money. I was fortunate enough to discover this fundraising ride to be spiritual, rewarding and bonding for many riders, supporting a very caring organization. Angel Flight Central, which serves a ten-state region, has volunteer pilots flying nationwide. Their mission is to arrange transportation on behalf of people in need for the purpose of medical care or for reasons of compassion or community service.

When the call went out to help organize this event, Nicole Dailey, an employee of the Kansas City Aviation Center, stepped up to the task. Within three months, Nicole, along with the Angel Flight, Heart of America Wing, held their First Annual Ride For Life on September 27th, at the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, Kansas. We were celebrating Mason's recovery from severe neurological complications of a tumor and recognizing Angel Flight's important role in his recovery. Angel Flight was able to reach out to his family in a time of need and help save his life. Watching Mason happily play in the airport hanger, we knew we were looking at a miracle. The ride raised over $40,000 and will be used to help other families, who find themselves in a medical and financially challenging situation.

The 100 mile Poker Run route was through some of the most beautiful country side in this part of Kansas. You couldn’t have asked for better fall riding weather, well, except for that occasional gust of wind we’ve learned to love here in Kansas City. Everyone started at their own leisure, stopping at the designated spots for fuel and a roll of the dice. Central Harley-Davidson was one of my favorite stops, as I can not pass a bike shop without checking out the bikes and doing a little shopping.

One last throw of the dice and it was back to the Johnson County Airport for lunch. Food was served buffet style and was excellent and plenty to go around; no one left hungry or disappointed! After lunch, the live auction began, with many of us wishing we would have bid just five more dollars for the leather jackets, clothing, gift certificates and concert tickets. One lucky person took home over $200 in the 60/40 raffle.

With over 100 bikes and almost 200 riders, I can definitely state that a good time was had by all. Special thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers from the Kansas City Aviation Center, Angel Flight, and family and friends of four year old Mason. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Ride For Life. I have included many great photos to better capture the event. For more information, check out Angel Flight Central.

Bart

Ride Free

Upcoming Benefit Rides:

November 2, 2003 - Toys for Tots sponsored by Central Harley-Davidson.