A Father’s Ride Day 5-Remembering Andrew

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Today we ride with a heavy heart, as it is the 3 year anniversary of Andrew’s passing. We will be covering the 87 miles from Joplin, MO to Springfield, MO. Today’s ride will be dedicated to James Vokoun, a 7 year old diagnosed with HLH in February of this year. Since February, James has undergone 10 rounds of chemo that have been tough on his little body. Our thoughts and prayers are with James and his family. Andrew and James will be in our hearts and minds as we ride today.

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  1. Matt Meyer
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM | Permalink


    Keep it going. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You are doing great work. I will be giving Platlets next week.

  2. Dana Lesinski
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for the posts, and for continuing to ride. It’s an inspiration to all of us parents of HLH kids. My son Jake was diagnosed in January of this year (at the age of 16). It’s been a battle, but every glimmer of hope and encouragement is great to hear. Thank you for riding….

  3. Carol Rausch
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM | Permalink

    Rinae and Doug and Anthony,
    My heart and thoughts are with you everyday. I am so proud of you for making this journey in the name of our sweet Annie and all the children who are now fighting so hard to win the battle with this horrible disease HLH. I love you so; so much. Be Safe. Love Mom

  4. Marilyn U
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM | Permalink


    Hope your day went smoothly. Remembering precious Andrew. Prayers for James V. Stay safe

  5. Janine Muntean
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

    Thinking of you and all of the kids that you have been riding for this week. You are truly an inspiration Justin! Praying for a smooth remainder of your trip! Keep up the incredible work!!

  6. annie bauer
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM | Permalink

    so proud of you justin glad you are doing great on the bike ride we are praying for your safe return on saturday thinking of you and kristin on this sad day matthew and andrew are proud of their daddy you guys are always in our thoughts love from the bauer family

  7. Karyn A Pinette
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

    Dear Justin, I think of you & Kristin often, especially on September 5th. My Heart goes out to both of you! Have a safe rest of your trip. On Saturday , September 8th, the day you return home, marks Zyen’s 100th day post transplant . Just thought I would let you know. I’ll be e-mailing you soon with an update. My prayers are with you both. Take care & God bless!

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