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Lindsay Foundation’s Ride for the Bear!

If you missed it, there’s another one coming in the spring!

imageThe “Ride for the Bear” benefiting the Lindsay Foundation was held Saturday, beginning and ending in Montgomery County, benefiting children with special needs. The ride, which began at Harley Davidson of Kingwood, covered over 130 miles and crossed Lake Conroe, into Montgomery, before heading into the National Forest and into New Waverly, before heading back to East Montgomery County, ending in the Grangerland area at Caney Creek Cowboy Church on Nonesuch Road off of FM 1485.

The Lindsay Foundation is a non-profit, founded by Laurie McMillan, in memory of her daughter. Lindsay passed away in 1999 and McMillan says she had to battle bureaucracies and insurance companies to get what her daughter needed. She decided to take what she had learned and keep her daughter’s memory alive by helping other families who face the same challenges.

McMillan says “Having a special needs child is not a burden, providing those needs is.”

Saturday’s ride was a tremendous success, with dozens of riders participating, including one who looked very familiar to most people. Dalton Brewer, of the Lafayette County Duck Boys from Stamps Arkansas, bears a close resemblance to one of the Duck Dynasty cast. Brewer met McMillan in April when he and fellow lookalikes were invited to help the real “Uncle Si” at a fundraiser in West Monroe.

“While we were there, The Lindsay Foundation had a booth set up right next to where Si was helping out with this girl with cerebral palsy,” Brewer said. “We met Laurie McMillan and she invited us to come help with this, and we told her we’d love to.”

Brewer called the ride “awesome,” saying it was his first time to ride in such a large group.

“It was pretty fun. I enjoyed running the red lights,” he said.

McMillan thanked everyone for their participation and said the next ride, the “Big Ride,” will be April 11 and she hopes it will begin at the Harley dealership again, because they were so hospitable.

“When Lindsay passed away, we started this organization to prevent other families from having some of the problems I had with Lindsay,” McMillan said.

She then announced something that separates The Lindsay Foundation from so many other non-profits. No one involved gets paid.

“We had an independent audit, and 97 cents of every dollar you spend with us goes back to the kids,” she said. “We pay no salaries – we all work fulltime.”

“We have very little overhead, and our mission and our goal, and what we enjoy is putting the money back into the kids and what they need.”

Another assurance for those who contribute to The Lindsay Foundation is that it is set up to prevent people from misusing funds or scamming funds, which is an unfortunate reality for many charitable organizations, despite the good intentions of their organizers. The Lindsay Foundation provides the money directly to the vendors who provide goods or services for the children. None of the funds go directly to the families, so there is never a question about how money was spent.

The ride ended at Caney Creek Cowboy Church, where there was food, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. McMillan plays in the church’s band and Pastor Mark Grimes was glad to play host to the event.

“When the hospital turns (special needs children) down,” Grimes said, “(The Lindsay Foundation) is here to help pay the cost.”

He also complimented McMillan’s keyboard skills, calling her “a great asset to the band.”

Scroll down for video, interviews and photos.

To read more about The Lindsay Foundation, or to find out how to help, visit their website at

www.lindsayfoundation.org.

 

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