s many of you may know, for the past several years my wife Melissa and I have been participating in the American Heart Association Beach Ride in Myrtle Beach, which is celebrating it's 38th year from November 6th - Nov 10th. Over the past 38 years, the ride has raised close to 5 million dollars for the American Heart Association, which works hard in its efforts to cure, educate, and help those afflicted with Heart Disease and Stroke, the number One and Five causes of death in the United States. Everyone has been affected in some way, shape, or form by Heart Disease, and it is always inspirational to see how passionate the Heart Association is about the cause.
We all have reasons why we ride. Melissa and I ride for Team Noah. Five years ago, our team leaders Robbie and Lydia were at the Beach Ride when they were informed their grandchild, newborn Noah, was born with Congenital Heart Defects. Just days after being born, Noah underwent Surgery to repair the defects. We are happy to say that today he is a happy, healthy boy and the inspiration for our Team, which has been the leading fundraiser for the past 3 years in a row. Noah's story is one of many we have gotten to know during our time at the ride. Both Melissa and I have been impacted by Heart Disease throughout our lifetimes, and we ride for the loved ones that have been faced with these struggles as well as those we haven't had the chance to meet.
Last year marked Colby's first year at the ride, and sadly our beloved dog Kyia's last, as she passed earlier this week.
The Ride is like nothing I've ever experienced before. Held at the Lakewood Campgrounds right on Myrtle Beach, thousands of riders from all over the Southeast and even further gather. Just riding through the Campsite is amazing, seeing all of the different horses and meeting some very unique personalities. The Spirit is palpable throughout every attendee. The ride itself, held on Saturday morning on Myrtle Beach, is a sight to behold. Horses and riders as far as the eye can see travel miles up and down the beach; trotting through the sand and splashing in the waves. If you'd like to see more pictures from the ride, see my album at Shutterfly.
The goal for the ride this year is to raise $375,000 for the American Heart Association. If you'd like to donate, please go to MY DONATION WEBSITE . Everyone who donates as part of Team Noah is entered to win a set of 4 Michelin Tires. For every dollar donated, you get one entry into the raffle, the winner is hand-picked by Noah himself. If you can help, please do..
DEADLINE FOR DONATIONS IS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6th!
Looking forward to another great adventure this year on the ride. So many good memories and so many more to make. If you have any questions or want to talk to me about the ride, stop on by!