2018 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 14 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.

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 14 years and I am currently with Unity Point Health-Cardiovascular Associates and have been with them for two years now. I have a wonderful wife Renea and 4 amazing kids! I started with The Miracle Riders at their kick off press conference two years ago 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!!!!!


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 the ride two years ago due to a motorcycle accident which led to the loss of my Ultra Classic Electra Glide and my left leg, below the knee. I am doing great now and am ready to ride in this years trip. 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.


Jay Wren

Hi, my name is Jay Wren. I was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. I spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. I’m now a retired communication’s manager. I have 2 sons, 4 grand kids and 2 great grand kids.

I’ve spent over 50 years riding motorcycles all over the United States and enjoying every minute of it. My son Joe introduced me to the Miracle Riders and that was my start into helping provide help to the Children’s Miracle Network. I know this relationship will turn into a lifelong commitment for me and the kids.