“911, what is your emergency?” We need help. Now! For the families of BJ Wilkes, Rutlee Stegal, Andrew Delaney, and soon Ryder Floyd, help arrives with a loud rumble. Just like cardio pulmonary resuscitation, CPR (Christian Prayer Riders) delivers life-altering relief to families with children in need.
Four years ago three friends met four strangers and discovered they shared a heart for Christ, a passion for motorcycles, and a desire to help. Much like the spokes on a wheel, these common threads form a vehicle for movement. Christian Prayer Riders is a non-denominational group of bikers with a bold Christian message: Job 33:4. The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. CPR delivers this message to families in the midlands of South Carolina along with a healthy dose of help.
The people are unique; and the situations are diverse, but the needs are genuine. For a family raising money for a transplant, every dollar is one step closer to survival. A wheelchair ramp is an expensive, labor-intensive bridge back to normalcy for a child with paralysis. Sometimes help has little to do with money, and everything to do with emotional support. For an exhausted dad on the verge of losing his son, relief means receiving eternal salvation.
The 35 members of CPR use $20 registration fees to achieve major things. It takes a lot of fundraiser participation at $20 per biker to raise enough money to help save a family from the financial ruin of medical debt. The group supplements rides with meals, and donations are always welcome. Few people enjoy the awkwardness of soliciting money from strangers, but the members of the Christian Prayer Riders understand it’s a necessary part of the job.
CPR hosts a float in the annual Christmas parade, and that float proudly features CPR sponsored families. Few things are more exciting to a child than being the center of attention aboard a float in the Christmas parade. It’s a small gesture with a large impact. The relationships formed with the families reach deeper than the immediate need. The help provided by Christian Prayer Riders resuscitates lives one family at a time.