on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 9:16am.
Chances are, you’ve seen our Facebook updates about the incredible Motorcycle for Miracles fundraising journey this summer - an epic motorcycle ride by father/daughter duo Bruce and Holly Johnson across Canada to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. These hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids and their families across Canada each year. Following their daughter Jade's diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes at only 5 years old, the Hansen family has been greatly supported by the CMN Hospitals over the years. Now 14 years old, the CMN Hospitals have provided Jade with the tools and management skills she needs to live a healthy life.
Needless to say, Bryce jumped at the opportunity to be one of the 31 Champion Agents for the ride - and it was only fitting that Jade should accompany him.
The Johnson family founded Motorcycle for Miracles in 2013 in memory of Bruce and Mary Johnson’s daughter, Alyssa Rae, whom the Alyssa Rae Johnson Fund is named after. This fund is through the Children’s Miracle Network, where 100% of the donations benefits our local sick children and their families in need. In 2013, Bruce and his then 12 year-old daughter Holly, rode all the way from RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach, straight south to New Orleans, over to Texas, down through Mexico and continuing all the way to Ojochal, Costa Rica, raising funds for the CMN Hospitals along the way.
This year, Bruce and his daughter Holly hit the road once more, riding 9,400km across Canada during the 31 days of August, Along the way, they visited each of the 14 local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across Canada. Bruce and Holly started their journey in St. John’s Newfoundland, and ended their journey here on Vancouver Island.
As August neared to a close, Bryce and Jade joined Bruce and Holly at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for the final leg of their journey. Through rainy and sunny skies, they accompanied Bruce and Holly as they rode through the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver Island. Bryce, his wife Tara, and their two children Jade and Kiana had a blast having Bruce and Holly stay at their Comox Valley home for three days; introducing them to some of our fantastic island RE/MAX offices and checking out some of our beloved local destinations!
As well as being a Champion Agent for Day 31 of the ride, Bryce was also one of the few Golden Pen signatory agents for the event. We are extremely proud to report that our brokerage, RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty, came on board as a Champion Brokerage (the only one in British Columbia!) for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation and the Children's Miracle Network Canada!
At this point, nearly $200,000 has been raised for the CMN Hospitals. From the bottom of our hearts, the BH Team and family wish to thank the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, RE/MAX, all of our fellow champion agents, and those who supported this incredible journey. RE/MAX is truly all about the kids.
Bruce and Holly, the impact you’ve created by the miles you’ve logged and the awareness you’ve brought to this incredible organization is nothing short of legendary. Thank you. We pledge that we will continue to provide support in any way possible. To donate, click here.