Seven years ago, I didn’t know-Judy Thomas
Seven years ago, I didn’t know.
I knew about Children’s Miracle Network, but I didn’t know about its presence in Columbus at what is now Midtown Medical.
I knew that most babies born in Columbus were born at the Medical Center, but I didn’t know about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
I knew Scott Ressmeyer who, at the time was the chair of the Columbus Visitors Bureau board of directors, and I knew of his culinary skills, but I didn’t know of his heart.
I knew my classmate from junior high school, Mike Langford, but I didn’t know about the glow on his face when he shows you the one-inch diaper for those babies in the NICU.
I knew of people who showed courage, but I didn’t know real courage because I had not yet met Martin Theile.
I knew of the Columbus Police Department Motor Squad (though not in a “driver’s license and registration, please, ma’am” kind of way) but I didn’t know Tim Wynn and all the other current and retired officers who put it on the line and gladly spend their time making life easier for others.
I knew Harris County had a sheriff’s office with a mission to protect and serve, but I didn’t know Mike Jolley had as his mission to make sure children who need a helping hand to grow up healthy and hardy get that chance.
I knew there is a woman behind every successful man, but I didn’t know the wives of the Riders who support their husbands, fathers, neighbors and friends in every way for a grueling 21-day road trip.
I knew for an undertaking like the ride it takes administrative support, but I didn’t know “Mother Cat” Karen Cook.
I knew how much fun it was to ride on the back of my brother’s Harley, but I didn’t know the heart warming and heart bursting pride it was to ride onto Broadway with the Miracle Riders.
I knew it is more blessed to give than to receive, but I didn’t know the joy to I get when I contribute in some small way to the goal of the Riders.
I knew there were lots of people in our community who do for others, but I didn’t know there were 32 of the finest men in the country right here who, without thought of their personal comfort, who were willing to give up personal and professional time, business obligations, and family commitments, and who were willing to raise over $1,000,000 for children they will never meet and mothers and fathers who will be forever grateful for the future these men give these children.
I didn’t know. Now I know.