Meet the Riders

Scott Ressmeyer

Scott Ressmeyer
Scott Ressmeyer, co-owner of Country’s Barbecue launched the initial cross-country event in 2009 as Scott’s Ride for Miracles to commemorate his 50th birthday. His philanthropic heart and long-time support of Children’s Miracle Network at Midtown Medical Center prompted him to transform the occasion into a fund-raising ride that would benefit the children who are receiving care at Midtown Medical Center. The first year, he set a goal of raising $35,000 to purchase a new GE Omni Giraffe Bed for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and he exceeded his goal by raising more than $51,000! Now in the final year they should exceed their $1 million dollar goal.

Mike Jolley

Mike Jolley
Mike currently serves as the Sheriff of Harris County and is from Hamilton. Sheriff Jolley served 20 years in the U.S. Army prior to being elected as sheriff. He is married to Cindy and has two children and six grandchildren. This is his sixth year as a Miracle Rider.

Mike Langford

Mike Langford
Mike, a native of Columbus, now lives in Cataula. He started riding motorcycles 45 years ago on a dare from a friend. His wife Sandra also owns a Harley, and they are enjoying their retirement by traveling around the country on their motorcycles. They have four children and eight grandchildren. This is Mike’s sixth year as a Miracle Rider.

Ronnie Wilson

Ronnie Wilson
Originally from Columbus, Ronnie now lives in Salem, Alabama and is the owner of Ron’s Barber Shop. He got his first motorcycle when he was 14 and has been riding ever since. Ronnie has a special place in his heart for Midtown Medical Center. His nephew was born 3 months premature and spent 3 weeks in the NICU.  He is now an active 14 year old involved in numerous sports. This will be Ronnie’s 6th year riding with Ride for Miracles.

James Cole

James Cole

James is from Midland and started riding in 1954 with a Cushman Eagle. He has also ridden dirt bikes and has been excited to be part of this ride for many years. James is married to Linda and has three children, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren and enjoys visiting Children’s Hospitals to see the great work of Children’s Miracle Network across the country.
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Brad Hansen

Brad Hansen

Brad lives in Midland, GA with his wife Jan. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. He was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He and Jan moved from Wichita to Columbus in 2005. He is retired after more than 39 years at Cessna Aircraft. His favorite hobbies are riding his motorcycle and playing golf. This will be Brad’s 5th year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Gary McDowell

Gary McDowell
Gary lives in Manchester with his wife Julie and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. He has been riding since he was 11 years old and still enjoys it to this day. He was part of rides for Children’s Miracle Network in the past, and is excited about helping raise money as a Miracle Rider. This will be Gary’s 5th year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Mark Alexander

Mark Alexander

Mark Alexander of Columbus started racing motorcycles when he was 10 years old. Alexander flies airplanes, likes to travel, and enjoys mountain biking. A business owner he is married to Anita and has 2 children, Brandon and Bailey.

 Brian Brock

Brian Brock

 Brian is a Market Manager with Grainger and lives in Columbus with his wife Linda. Brian has two kids, John and Katie. Brian rides in honor of his daughter Laine who at 5 years old passed away at Midtown Medical Center after an unexpected illness. Brian began riding at an early age, took a break and about 9 years ago was able to get back into it in a big way. Brian and Linda’s first grandchild was born March 12, 2015, five weeks early.  Brody spent nine days in the NICU. This will be Brian’s 3rd year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Vernon Griggs

Vernon Griggs

Married to Earlene 2 children 3 grandchildren grew up always wanting to ride Harleys and got my 1st one at age 21. I had it chopped and rode for a while then sold it to raise my family. Re-kindled the fever 20 years ago and have been riding since then.I grew up in Columbus but recently moved to Cataula to enjoy the country life. I retired and sold my business and now I’m enjoying the rest of my life with my soul-mate. I love spending time at our place on the beach and visiting the mountains. This will be my 3rd ride

MIke Hamby

Mike Hamby

A Columbus native, Mike Hamby now lives in Cataula. He is owner of Delta Motor Company. Hamby is married to Connie and has been blessed with 4 healthy children and 3 grandchildren.

Ralph Kingrey

Ralph Kingrey

Ralph Kingrey of Columbus is a general contractor.  He has ridden motorcycles since he was 20. He has ridden motor cross bikes and street bikes as well. In addition he also road races a collection of Mustangs.  Ralph has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Kevin Simms

Kevin Simms

Kevin Simms of Columbus started riding motorcycles when he was 16 years old. He stopped riding for about 20 years, but has gotten back into it and is so excited to be a part of the ride this year. Riding his Harley is one of Kevin’s favorite activities, and being able to ride for such a great cause makes this an even more exciting experience for him. This will be Kevin’s 3rd year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Rick Stinson

Rick Stinson
Rick is a retired Police Sgt from the Columbus Police Department. He is also a member of the Georgia chapter of the Blue Knights. Rick started riding motorcycles to save money on gas at 16 and now is looking forward to riding to raise money for the kids at Midtown Medical Center.  Rick and his wife, Cathy, have 2 sons and 3 grandkids. This will be Rick’s 3rd year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Larry Suits

Larry Suits

Larry Suits was from Columbus. He was married to Roxann and has one daughter, Elizabeth and two grandchildren, Dean and Lucy. He rode a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic for over 40 years. Larry’s wife Roxann and Scott’s wife Rochelle are sisters.  Larry rode in the Miracle Ride in 2010 and 2013.  Larry had plans to ride on this final Miracle Ride but unfortunately Larry passed away following heart surgery in June of 2014. To fulfill Larry’s wish of riding the final ride each rider will carry his ashes and spread them in all 48 states making him a 2015 Miracle Rider. Larry will always be with us in spirit.

Martin Thiele

Martin Thiele

Martin Thiele is from Columbus, GA and graduated from Hardaway Highschool. He was diagnosed with stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma and has gone through numerous rounds of chemo and procedures at Midtown Medical Center. In 2013, Martin became an offical Miracle Rider as he rode back from Macon with the guys and  joined the guys out west during the 2014 ride. Martin is an inspiration to all around him!

Pat Carpenter

Pat Carpenter

I live in Montgomery Alabama but still call Columbus home.  I worked with CMN years ago when we use to do the ride to the beach. I had been through the NICU several times so when this ride began I knew it was the right ride for the right reasons.  My first year I met Daniel in Amarillo TX and it was real clear that what we were doing could change his life. What I didn’t know is that it would change my life as well.

Billy Edmundson

Billy Edmundson

Billy is an Aircraft Mechanic for Aflac and began riding bikes at the age of 14 and has been riding ever since. Married to Susan, who volunteers heavily for the ride, they enjoy riding together and participating in the local HOG chapter, Painted Rock. Billy is looking forward to riding to make a difference for CMN. This will be Billy’s 2nd year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Mike Frank

Mike Frank

Mike is from Loveland Colorado and moved to the area with his wife JoLynn in 2006.  He works in Sales Analytics for Aflac.  Mike began riding with his dad as soon as he cold reach the foot pegs and rode a bike of his own around age 9.  Mike works with several non-profit agencies in Columbus, but the Ride for Miracles allows him to combine two of his favorite things; helping kids and riding motorcycles.  Mike and JoLynn have two beautiful daughters; Savannah (3) and Makenna (2). This will be Mike’s 2nd year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Dave Hinson

Dave Hinson

David Hinson lives in Fortson Ga.  He is married to Vickie. I have been riding since I was 14. David owns One 12 Apparel in Columbus Ga. I am very excited to be part of this cause. My 2nd year   From the first time I got on a Harley 50 years ago I knew it was something I would do the rest of my life.  This ride just continues to give me a purpose to keep riding.  Each year the ride brings you closer to your family and the people you ride with. It also gives you time on the road to see just how great this country truly is. Then the kids just bring the point home.

Cody Jolley

Cody Jolley

Cody is from Hamilton Georgia where he lives with his wife Laura and his two children Shawn and Ramsey. He works in the office of the District Attorney for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. He has been riding motorcycles for the past 9 years. This will be his second year as a Miracle Rider.

Hank Lewis

Hank Lewis

Hank and his wife Mary are residents of Upatoi Georgia. Hank is retired from Aflac.They have two sons Joel (Elizabeth) and Ken (Crystal) and they have two grandchildren; grandson Coleman Oliver and granddaughter Emma Kate. He has been riding his Harley since 2006. He was inspired by the secon ride Scott took with others and joined them in 2011 as a Miracle Rider. This will be his second full ride

David McNeil

David McNeil

David McNeil is founder and President of local business of ICS &M, Inc.  David began riding 11 years ago just for fun and it has turned into a passion. David has twin daughters who spent six weeks in Midtown Medical’s NICU over 30 years ago. His two passions are now colliding as he takes part in the ride that will give back to the place that cared for his daughters years ago. This will be David’s 2nd year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Brice Patterson

Brice Patterson

Waverly Hall is Brice Patterson’s hometown. Brice is the owner of Columbus Tape & Video and is also a Firemedic for the Columbus Fire Department. He is married to Ashley and has two children, Colton and Emma. Brice and Ashley first experienced a CMN hospital when his son had a heart condition scare the age of two and was treated at a children’s hospital in Atlanta.  Brice is passionate about Children’s Miracle Network at The Medical Center because he has witnessed and dealt with many pediatric emergencies and sicknesses over his years as a medic. He rides a Harley Davidson Road King.

 

Steve Tennant

Steve Tennant

Steve Tennant is the Senior Donor Recruitment Rep for the Blood Services Division of the American Red Cross. Prior to that Steve served as a Medic in the Army and then as a Paramedic. Steve lives in Columbus with his wife Karen and has one son was deployed to Afghanistan while on the ride last year. Steve has been riding since 1988 and has seen the impact Children’s Hospitals can have on families as one aided his nephew in the past. This ride is the perfect way to give back to his community and Children’s Miracle Network. This will be Steve’s 2nd year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Ken Tidwell

Ken Tidwell

Ken Tidwell  grew up riding. He and his wife, Gayle, have 3 kids and 8 grandkids. His two oldest daughters spent time in the NICU when they were first born and he looks forward to ride and to raising money to ensure the resources are available for today’s kids like they were for their girls. This will be Ken’s 2nd year riding with Ride for Miracles.

Tim Wynn

Tim Wynn

Lieutenant Tim Wynn has been with the Columbus Police Department for 27 years.  He was on the police motor for more than 18 years.  He and his wife Joanie will celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary on May 6th, the 6th day of this year’s ride.  CMN has offered me the opportunity to make a difference for our kids.  It has been an honor.  This will be his second full trip with the Miracle Riders, riding the first and last years.

 Mike Cunningham

Mike Cunningham

Mike Cunningham’s interest in Harleys was inevitable- his parents bought a dealership in Columbus. He is now the Operations Manager of Chattahoochee Harley and looks forward riding all 48 states by giving back to children in his community.

Ray Eckel

 Ray Eckel

As a young boy growing up in Illinois, I always dreamed of joining the United States Army or becoming a police officer. I was finally able to enlist in the United States Army and promptly sent to Vietnam. After my tour in Vietnam, I was stationed in Germany where I met my wife in 1971 and married in 1972. We have two children son Robert and daughter Tanya. I retired from the Army, returned to the United States, and finished my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. I then joined the Columbus Police Department until I retired again in 2011. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 15 years old. It has been a privilege to work with Scott and the Miracle Riders while helping our community.

James Leatherwood

James Leatherwood

James  is married with two sons and a daughter-in-law. James began riding as a child and is on his second Harley. James has been very excited to raise awareness and funds for CMN and is proud to be known as a Miracle Rider

Walt Rosso

Walt Rosso

 

 

 

40 Responses to Meet the Riders

  1. Wayne Thom says:

    As a rider myself I enjoyed meeting the group here at St.Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin
    When they walked in the door dressed as they do, they sure had a sense of command presence.

  2. Scott Harding says:

    Great work you folks do! I am the RC for Patriot Guard in SE Missouri, and we would be honored to have your group ride with us if you ever come to this area. You can reach me at 708 415 6411.

  3. Zandra says:

    Met a few of these wonderful bikers today, while they were visiting the harley shop where I work. What a fun bunch of guys! Thanks for stopping by Smith Brothers Harley Davidson! We hope to see you all again.

    PS, Cody, please get some new chaps, that duct tape just ain’t cutting it buddy! Haha!

  4. Laura lott says:

    Meet you guys in the oklahoma pan handle. They made you move your bikes out the drive way. You all are awesome. Wished people like you were around when I was tring to help my daughter.

  5. David mogus says:

    I saw the guys today at Dinks BBQ in Bartlesville Oklahoma. I have them a serving of onion strings. I didn’t know who they were until I googled it. God bless each one of you and ride safe.

  6. Marie T says:

    Thank you for raising money to help our children. You are great role models for our children. Praying for you in this ministry. It is an honor and privilege to keep you lifted up.

  7. Rose Crockett says:

    Lifting everyone up in prayers for a safe ride. Especially My baby brother “Brian Brock”! The word PROUD does not begin to help me express what Scott’s riders make me feel. I am there every step of the way in spirit. Godspeed.

  8. Christy S. says:

    Prayers for a safe and fun ride full of unexpected blessings.

  9. chad barentine says:

    your prayers are with yall on this journey….be safe

  10. Kendrick Smith says:

    Mike,
    Dale and I are praying for your safe return. Hope your evening discussions have been successful and result in more coming to the fold.
    See you soon on Allen,s porch.
    Ken

  11. Armmie says:

    Praying for a safe journey!!! Awesome cause.

  12. Lisa Frantz says:

    You guys rock!! Ride safe!!

  13. calvin niebel says:

    hey guys proud of what your out there doing. sorry I had to stop you all in my work zone. hope we didn’t make you wait to long.be safe and hope you raise a lot of funds for your cause.

  14. Stephen Nixon says:

    Be safe guys. See you in two weeks.

  15. What a great acomplishment for a group of people.Didn’t realize this was going on till this months HOG magazine.Have been following along each day.Mr Scott what a great thing you have done.Congrats and ride safe

  16. Bar-BQ says:

    I want to say thank you guys (and the wives that could make it) for your stop here in Joplin, MO. It was such an honor to see those of you that came last year and to meet the ‘new guys’ that are making the first ride this year. It was an honor for me that I could go with you to Freeman’s for your visit there. I could see the excitement and gratitude in all the folks as we went down to see the kids.
    I would have enjoyed leading you guys past the high school and hospital again to see the steps made from the tornado recovery but I can also understand the time element.
    Again, it is an honor to meet you guys as you are seeking to make more of us to keep our eyes on the Children’s Miracle Network. Take care and ride safe, God bless

  17. Regina Blount says:

    Be safe guys

  18. fred j. godec says:

    real nice to see you guys and in support of such a great benefit. I would like to ride with you,, any chance of that happening?? I am a past director of the Laurentian hog club.

  19. Freda Brock says:

    Am anxious for Scotts Ride for Miracles to begin. Such a great cause. I will be watching on live stream. God go with you.

  20. Rochelle Ressmeyer says:

    Have to comment on this. So glad to see Martin taking his place on the Riders page!!!!
    Go Martin!!!

  21. Bob Q (Bar-BQ) says:

    I have kept you all in my thoughts and prayers since your stop in Joplin, MO. I am glad that you will be home soon yourselves. Per the Home page, you will be home in just over an hour. Thank you for your stop here in Joplin. God bless you all.

  22. Armmie Calairo-Braggs says:

    Awesome thing you all are doing!!!! Safe travels.

  23. Suzanne says:

    It makes us proud to say that “Scott’s Riders” are a committed group of men from our area riding for such a worthy cause. Your dedication to this yearly event is heroic, to say the least. Hope you have a safe trip home.

  24. Pinkie's BBQ says:

    This is a great thing you are doing. If you ever come through Wichita Ks I will cook you a BBQ supper. I would love to make the ride with you sometime!

  25. Bob Q (Bar-BQ) says:

    Welcoming you all to Joplin was wonderful. I had to leave shortly after you arrived. My real pleasure was getting to meet most of you Monday morning and sitting with Scott and Raymond while they ate breakfast. The leading you all past the High School and ‘Ole’ St. Johns Hospital was my pleasure. I appreciate you all putting up with my visiting you!! 🙂 I look forward to seeing you again next year. Everyone of you smiled and waved a ‘see ya later’ as I was turning to head home while you all were heading onto your long days ride. Thank you for what you did for me and God bless. ‘Bar-BQ’

  26. Gwen McGlaun says:

    You men are a fine example for all of us. Safest travels and may angels rest on your shoulders. You’ll all have a treat waiting when you get home!

  27. Scott says:

    Go Butch! You make us proud here at Aflac!!

  28. Jack Owens says:

    We enjoyed the fellowship with you all in Joplin this evening. I hope it works out you can visit and stay with us again. Be safe, Jack SW Mo PGR Riders

  29. Paul Medley says:

    I’ve known Brad for many years now. I’ve always thought very highly of the man. His participation in this noble cause is certainly not a surprise for anyone that knows him. A very kind man that would do anything for anyone in need. The children in the network are in need, and Brad, along with the rest of the “Riders” hear their cries and are doing what they can to help all the families in need. Many of whom would never get the help they need without these great men. So proud of all of you guys. God speed to all.

  30. Hey you guys. You are awesome people and determined fighters. Be safe and know that everyone including the Pink Ladies are here supporting you and the Childrens Miracle Network. Thanks 4 all that you do. Deb

  31. Steve Carrington says:

    Some of our Mississippi Coast H.O.G. chapter riders just meet with the team as they came through Ocean Springs-Biloxi-Gulfport, MS area. Had dinner with them all. A great bunch of guys riding for a great cause. May the roads be kind to them throughout their trip.

  32. Julie Schofield says:

    Prayers go out to y’all guys!!!thanks brad Hansen for letting me follow y’all on this wonderful ride, y’all r doing!!!got to see y’all in fort deposit. AL @ the chevron !! Y’all have a safe ride !!

    • Geraldine says:

      “Stop givin juice to the Rars#id&e8216;Cause Al Davis never paid usI hope he wear a vestIt’s all about the L-E-N-C-H y’all know the rest”How soon we forget…/has Death Certificate on his MP3 player

  33. Roxann Suits says:

    Ride safe, guys! Hope you bring home lots of dough!

  34. Cindy Jolley says:

    Prayers for safe travels, good weather, and a chance to meet wonderful and generous people through the United States and share the story of CMN. Maybe FOX will pickup the feed and invite the “posse” to swing by and share a little good news with the world and how a few good men can make a difference. Thanks to the staff who care for these little children. So, Scott lead the “posse” safely and in good health and we will join you on May 24th!

  35. We are so excited that you are coming through Cedar City once again and staying with the Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites. We are happy to be able to help you through this wonderful Journey. Our staff will make sure that your stay is as comforatable as possible. Good luck to all of you and have a safe ride!

  36. Dave Streed says:

    I went to school with Butch Thomas’s wife (Diane) sister (Darla) in Odebolt, Iowa (1966 grad). Diane was in the same grade as my sister Esther if I remember correctly. You guys are doing a great thing. When do you plan on being in Colorado. With your blessing and my availablity, I would love to ride with you in this part of the country.

  37. James says:

    Lookin’ good, guys! Sorry I missed the Unadilla photo shoot.
    Can’t wait to see your route.

  38. Dee Dee Holland says:

    What a good looking team! I am so proud to say I personally know 2 of these fine gentlemen! What you guys do is appreciated by so many. I wish you all safe travels this year! I know you will bring home the bucks!!

  39. Lori says:

    WOW!!! What a great group of guys with a wonderful reason to ride. Thanks for caring about children. Hope you have warm beautiful days and a very safe trip!!! Lori

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