David Drier with Aon Risk Solutions in Clayton has a personal reason for riding in this Saturday’s Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Metro St. Louis’ Bike Ride; he and his wife Julie, a Clayton High School graduate, have a daughter who is a cancer patient.
“We understand the value that a Ronald McDonald House plays in the lives of families with young children who have any type of illness, especially cancer,” Drier said. “A Ronald McDonald House helps families stay close by to the hospital of their child, no matter what city they live in.”
The bike ride benefits RMHC, which helps the three Ronald McDonald Houses in St. Louis provide a home away from home for families traveling to St. Louis to receive medical care for their seriously ill children. Organizers of the bike ride, sponsored by Mercy Children’s Hospital, expect 400 riders, 200 volunteers and $365,000 in fundraising.
Drier started biking around five years ago when he decided it would be a great way to stay fit. “I loved it and just love getting out there and seeing the great cityscape that we have here.”
Some of his favorite places to ride include biking through Ladue, Clayton and Forest Park. Going west, he rides out to Wildwood.
In addition to participating in Saturday’s charity event, Drier serves on the steering committee for Pedal The Cause, an organization that raises money fto fund cancer research in St. Louis, and on the board of the Contemporary Art Museum.
Drier will be participating in the bike ride for the first time and is looking forward to meeting and bonding with the other riders. “I probably get more out of an event than I give especially when I’m riding with a group of people who share a like-minded cause.”