More than 500 people gathered June 23 in Murfreesboro, TN, to honor the memory of Jonah Guider at a fundraising event unlike any other Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) event across the country. This year’s “RideJonahRide” event, one of 20 PHA O2Breathe (pronounced: oh-to-breathe) events that are supported by PHA’s national sponsors, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Gilead Sciences, Inc., Bayer, United Therapeutics Corporation and CVS Specialty, raised more than $18,000!
This was the third “RideJonahRide”, an annual event created by Rich and Sheri Guider, who lost their son Jonah to pulmonary hypertension (PH) at the young age of 10 on June 21, 2015. Since then, the Guiders have committed their time and resources to raising awareness and funds for PHA.
The 2018 ride began in the morning as motorcycle riders and Jeep enthusiasts gathered and headed off on their route. The connection and community support was evident to onlookers.
The very first thing attendees notice at “RideJonahRide” is the color red, which was Jonah’s favorite color; it is incorporated into everything involved with the event – even down to the color of the raffle items and baskets! Red was a continuous reminder of why everyone gathered that day, and that the love for Jonah and all children with PH is strong.
The route for the riders ended at the starting point, which by the ride’s conclusion had become the stage for a concert by the band Rubik’s Groove. Community support was extensive, as shown by the many local companies that donated their time, services and money for the cause and the crowd of more than 500 attendees. Sheri and Rich thanked their supporters by giving each a glass with the inscription, “Friends become family when life robs us of breath. Thank you for supporting the PHight.”
Because of their commitment to PHA’s mission and helping other parents, the Guiders are organizing another event, “RunJonahRun 5K,” that will be held November 10 in Murfreesboro. To learn more about Jonah and his family, and to register for “RunJonahRun 5K,” visit www.runjonahrun.org.