Mikey’s Ride is here to help
By Kylie Rucker
Beginning in 2006, Mike “Mikey” Maupin from Wallace started “Mikey’s Ride”, a fundraiser held annually for someone in need. The fundraiser consists of a 240-mile motorcycle ride and poker run, free meal, free-will donation and auction to raise money for the recipient.
“It originally started out as me and my buddies getting together for a ride, and then we thought, ‘Maybe we could use this to help people,’” says Mikey.
With this in mind, their 2006 run was dedicated to Curtis Olson, son of Dennis Olson. He was 16 years old at the time and battling cancer. That year they had 33 bikes, and a lot of spirit to continue the fundraiser. Now, bikers attend from surrounding states including South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado and Kansas along with some from all over Nebraska.
Olson is now in Omaha studying and doing cancer research to help others.
In November of 2014, Mikey’s wife, Susie, was diagnosed with cancer. Everyone urged them to do a ride for her, and Susie responded, “No, we started this to help other people.”
With this response, the Wallace fire department did a fundraiser for the Maupins. Susie passed away on January 30, 2015. During the 2015 Mikey Ride, more than 220 bikes attended to honor Susie’s life.
This year, Mikey is sponsoring an eight-month-old boy named Brenton Wright from Imperial.
Brenton was born with the birth defect called lissencephaly, a condition in which his brain is smooth instead of “bumpy”.
With this diagnosis, he experiences regular seizures and will have to regularly attend physical, speech and occupational therapies in his development. He is the son of Douglas and Sabre Wright.
Throughout the years, Mikey is proud to say that he has raised more than $170,000 for all of the people the ride has helped.
“I never thought it would grow to be what it is today, especially from my own back yard,” says Mikey.
Mikey wants to thank Colleen Smith, Manny and Kathy Pacheco, Dan and Jeniffer Fosbinder and the rest of the community for the support and help they give before, during and after the ride. “Our community is wonderful for supporting this,” he says.
In order to help the Wright family, Mikey urges anyone and everyone to come to this year’s event on Saturday, July 21 at 218 North Summer Street, Wallace. Registration is from 9-10 a.m. Central Time, with kickstands up at 10 a.m.
The 240-mile bike ride goes from Hayes Center, Trenton, Haigler, Wray, Holyoke, Venango and back to Wallace. Mikey only has one rule for this event, and it must be followed––“You must bring a friend.”
Dinner is at 5 p.m. Central with the auction and free-will donation. Altogether, the event usually feeds around 400 people in the evening. Mikey will accept auction items, and will accept phone calls regarding the items, at (308) 530-2386. Or, those wanting to support the event monetarily can send donations to P.O. Box 212, Wallace, Neb., 69169. All of the money will go to the Wright family.