2017 Riders

Matt Thompson

Hi, I am Matt Thompson, born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, I have two awesome boys, Luke and Jack, aged 9 and 11 and an amazing wife Amy.  I am a Vice President with W.A. Klinger, a local construction company and have been doing projects with UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s for over 13 years.  I started getting involved with CMN while working on the new NICU project back in 2004.  During the project I learned a lot about the kids at St. Luke’s that were fighting for their health, fighting every day just to survive.  It’s those kids that I am riding for, the kids that are fighting for their lives, for their health every day.  I am riding to help fund the equipment and services that those kids need to help them in that fight.

Jim Symons

I am a longtime biker, Siouxland businessman, devoted father, and community-minded. I love to ride as much as I can. In fact, you can spot me almost daily on my 2004 Harley-Davidson Fatboy in weather conditions that most wouldn’t attempt.

I am not only used to hearing the hum of my bike, I also hear wedding bells! I am engaged to a lovely lady.  As the owner of Sharky’s Construction in Sioux City, Iowa, I am self-employed.

Whether you’ve known me for years or just met me, it won’t take long for my love for kids to shine through. I find opportunities every year to raise money for kids. I am proud to have six kids of my own, and have a special connection with CMN families. My son Jasper is a diabetic, so I understand what families with sick kids go through. I am riding for them!

Steve Panzer

Hello everyone! My name is Steve Panzer and I am originally from northern Minnesota and have lived in the Siouxland area for about 10 years. I have been a nurse for about 13 years and I am currently with Unity Point Health-Cardiovascular Associates and have been with them for just about a year. I have a wonderful wife Renea and 4 amazing kids! I started with The Miracle Riders at their kick off press conference last year due to my wife (who at the time was a pediatric nurse at Unity Point) pushing me (not that it took a whole lot) into joining this awesome brotherhood! The children that we ride for have a very special place in my heart and it is an honor to be able to help provide these kids with medical equipment that will help with their care, health, and well being. I would like to Thank You for taking the time to get to know a little about me and hope that you continue to follow us along our ride!!!!!

Mike Unger

My name is Mike Unger and I am a Sioux City native.  I have practiced Family Medicine for 22 years caring for the medical needs of Sioux City families and children. My first exposure to the Miracle Riders was when we hosted a group of the original Miracle Riders from Atlanta, Georgia.  They came to support our effort to carry on their mission of supporting children's healthcare in Sioux City.  The time spent with these generous Miracle Riders from Atlanta and watching the Sioux City Riders leave on their inaugural ride in 2016 convinced me to get involved.  I believe it is what people do with their free time that defines the kind of person they are. It is a priveldge to be a part of the Miracle Riders team.  Thank you for your support!

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Steve Schmidt

I am Steve Schmidt, born and raised on a farm in Northwest Iowa.  I am 67 years old and my wife and I have been blessed with two children and five grand children.  I am a Sr. Vice President with Security National Bank and have been with the bank for going on 36 years.  I learned about CMN through a friend of mine, Mike Unger.  I got really interested as I learned more about what CMN and St. Luke's does for the kids, and with being blessed with healthy children and grand children, I have a real desire to want to help in raising money for CMN and the kids!  Raising money for kids and a two week cycle ride seems like a perfect fit!

Dave Drew

Hello all, my name is Dave, currently the Woodbury County Sheriff.  I ride a Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra Classic and member of Harley Owners Group (HOG).  I have been married to Jana for 34 years, I have 4 children, and six grandchildren. Giving back to the community and helping those in need are the passions of my life.

Henry Van Dorn

Hi, my name is Henry Van Dorn.  I own a body shop in South Sioux City, NE.  I have been married to my fantastic wife, Deb, for 16 years.  We have been business partners for 10 years now.  I heard about the Ride For Miracles from Jim Symons and really liked the idea of riding for children. I have been riding all my life and really love it.

Jon Heie

Hi, my name is Jon Heie. I am a self employed handy-man from Sioux Center, IA. My wife Sheila and I have been married for 34 years. We have two daughters and 4 grandchildren who all live in NW Iowa. I missed last year’s ride due to a motorcycle accident which led to the loss of my Ultra Classic Electra Glide and my left leg, below the knee. It’s been fourteen months since my accident and I’m getting around pretty well on my prosthetic leg. Hopefully there will be a new ride in my future. During my five and a half week hospital stay, I thought often of the children who struggle with medical issues like mine and some worse. Helpless children, relying on family, hospital staff and others for their care and comfort. I want to do what I can to make their lives and treatment a little easier.