A Ride to Remember Also Helps Others-Jimmy Lawrence Memorial Ride

Diagnosed with a heart defect at 5 1/2 months old, Jimmy Lawrence and his family were very familiar with Children’s Hospital of Illinois. In fact Jimmy’s treatment required him to spend so much time at the hospital over the years that it became his second home.  His family said “Jimmy fought with a never-give-up attitude” until he passed away in January 2010 at age 42. This attitude was an inspiration to many, including family friends Brandon Zeone, Tracy Ruble and Terry Camp. The three decided while attending Jimmy’s visitation to hold a motorcycle ride in his memory.  They expected about 10 to 15 bikes that first year but nearly 40 showed up.  “Jimmy was such a cool guy it was easy to do something for him,” Terry shares. “We figured it was a good way to remember Jimmy and help Children’s Hospital.”

Jimmy’s parents, Jim and Darlene, were moved to tears when they heard about the idea for the ride. “People now send us thank you notes when they make their donation to the ride,” exclaims Darlene. “They thank us for giving them the opportunity to help children. That is amazing to me.”

This year’s 100-mile ride marked the third year for the Jimmy Lawrence Annual Memorial Ride. Thanks to the generosity of the Lawrence family and friends and the community, this event has raised nearly $10,000 for the Congenital Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Illinois to assist children that also have heart problems like Jimmy.

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

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