Since 2012, Ryan has been supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a cycling/running event he holds every year in Minnesota. 100 percent of the funds raised by the St. Jude Ride & 5K Run, held in July, go directly to the hospital.
In 2005, when Ryan was 15, his life was forever changed when he lost his grandmother to cancer. Having a hard time grieving her loss, Ryan vowed that he would do everything in his power to help in finding a cure for cancer, while also helping those who were going through it.
In 2012, Ryan went to visit St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee. “Touring the hospital was very insightful, but also hard to see in some ways. Young kids were battling cancer and fighting for their lives. But, one thing that I noticed was that, despite their circumstances, kids were smiling, and their parents were right there to support them. Friendly nurses worked non-stop around the clock. These kids were in great hands, and it was so good to see. Family’s expenses were paid for, treatments were specially tailored to each patient, and doctors were working 24/7 to find a cure. I was so inspired that I knew right then and there that this was a place for me to get behind and support.”
That’s when the St. Jude Ride & 5K Run seed was planted. Later that summer it came to fruition and has been held every year since then. The event has raised over 1 million dollars since its inception, with every cent going to the hospital, and with no plans to slow down.
“It takes everyones effort in this fight to help find a cure, it all matters.”
Ryan’s mission is to keep fighting to find a cure, and to help save lives. When you support RD Coffee, you’re supporting St. Jude, too.
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