2019 Riders

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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!

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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!!!!!

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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.


Mike Tracy

Hello, my name is Mike Tracy and I am the newest member of the Miracle Riders. Both myself and my wife Karen were born and raised in Sioux City and have lived here for all but approximately eight years. I am the owner operator of a local Home Inspection Service. My wife and I are very fortunate in that we have three healthy adult children with three healthy grandchildren with the fourth on the way. I have watched the Riders over the past two years and decided that I needed to be a part of this great group of men. I have been involved in youth programs for several years and now want to help those that have medical needs. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me.


Dave Drew

Hi, I’m Dave Drew. I serve as Woodbury County Sheriff. I enjoy riding a Harley Davidson Road Glide. I am a member of the Blue Knights IA IV Motorcycle Club, an active and retired law enforcement club.

I have been married to my wife Jana for 36 years. We have four grown children living in Siouxland and six grandchildren. I ride because my wife and I have a passion for giving back to the community and helping those in need.