SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – In a little less than a month, the Miracle Riders will once again be hitting the road the UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).
This year will be a little different for both CMN and the riders. CMN Director Anne Holmes said this year they are partnering with not only the Miracle Riders but the Pediatric Injury Prevention Program (PIPP).
“It’s built on the concept that preventing an injury can be just as miraculous as treating one,” said Holmes. “So we are looking at all kinds of ways in the community, whether you are treated at our hospital or not, we think there are ways that we can serve you, whether it is passing out bike helmets, life vests, safe sleep kits to get more kids into an environment where they are not at risk when they are sleeping. We know lots of families have needs for car seats so we want to be able to put ourselves and our donors into a position where they can help prevent those injuries.”
For the riders, their drive across the country will be a bit longer than normal. To help celebrate UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s being a CMN hospital for 30 years, riders Matt Thompson, Jim Symons, Steve Panzer, Jonathan Heie, Mike Tracy, and Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew will be traveling through 30 states in 12 days.
“We need the community to realize what sacrifices these guys are making on behalf of kids they may not ever even meet,” said Holmes. “So get involved, get engaged.”
For more information about the riders, their route and how you can help, visit their website by clicking here.