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7th Annual John Paul Magao Memorial Ride – Visalia, California

Written by  March 30, 2015

The 7th Annual John Paul Magao Memorial Ride was held on March 1, 2015 at Plaza Park in Visalia, California. John was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 2007, and his father, James Wilfong established a scholarship fund for students at Redwood High School and College of the Sequoias, which are both located in Visalia, California. This annual memorial ride helps raise funds for the awarded scholarships.

Riders from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (James Wilfong is a Combat Vet), Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association, Lost Girls MC, Street Royalty MC, Flatliners MC, and many independent motorcycle riders supported the run. Members from Stylin’ Car Club also came out to support the fundraiser. DJ Rated “R” provided the music for the event.

It was a beautiful day for this memorial run. The route took us to the Oriental Food Store in Orosi, California, a gorgeous ride through Boyd Dr., the Runway Café in Woodlake, California, A&W in Exeter, California, and back to Plaza Park in Visalia, California, where the run started. A great meal was served after the run.

A list of all the sponsors is listed on the John Magao Scholarship website (see link below). Please support the businesses that have donated to this scholarship.

Here is a bit about John, which is straight from the John Magao Scholarship website: “John was a graduate of Redwood High School in 2004 with a GPA of 4.0, stayed at College of Sequoias and pursued Pharmacy Tech instead of his dream of going to UOP School of Pharmacy just so his mother would not be home alone because his stepfather was deployed to Iraq. He was working as a Pharmacy Tech at Tulare District Hospital and was on his way home from work when died in a motorcycle accident.

John was a very sweet, caring, fun and loving child. He made many friends during the short 20 years that he was with us. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved to play his ukulele and guitar when he is not reading books or studying. He loved to ride his Harley and Ducati motorcycles and go on sunset rides with his stepfather and his best friend when he is not working or at school. He has his own sunset route that he takes them to. He loved fishing, snowboarding and body boarding. He loved visiting his brother and nieces and sister-in-law in Hawaii. He also loved his work at Tulare District Hospital Pharmacy Department.

John was loved by many and gained many friends from school and his work. He tutored many friends and family in his excelled subject of math.

During his “wake” service, a lady approached John’s mom and said “I was failing my Pharmacology class, but John stayed and tutored me patiently after classes”.

We started the John Paul Magao Memorial Scholarship Foundation to help other kids achieve their goal, the goal of being a pharmacist that John did not get a chance to reach, and knowing him, he would have. This is also another way to continue what John wanted to do best, tutoring & helping others with education.”

If you would like to donate to the John Paul Magao Scholarship, please go to www.johnmagaoscholarship.org.

The Scholarship Foundation is a 501c3, so you donation is tax deductible.