I am Riddick's mother. My husband, Scott, and I have 4 children; Kailey, Tyler, Riddick and Axel. I love to craft as it allows me to be creative. In the warmer months, my husband and I enjoy riding motorcycles. I am passionate about helping others, as the reward of a simple smile excites me and makes my day. My family is important to me and I absolutely love spending quality time with them. I do my best to take one day at a time, as one will never know what our next day will bring; My son, Riddick taught me that.
I am Riddick's father, as well as the father to three other children. I also have a fantastic wife that I share my journey through life with. My journey with Riddick has taught me a lot and made me look at things a little different. This fact drives my passion to change the way things are done for kids similar to him as well as how they are treated. I firmly believe that just because you have a child like Riddick does not change the fact that you still can have fun, you just might have to modify equipment to do so. The things that I enjoy the most is spending time with my family, motorcycles, and building different things. If something has a motor or wheels I am game, if something can be modified I will fix it, if something is easy I will figure out a way to make it harder. I love teaching my children that even though technology is ever changing, the "old ways" of doing things are truly just as important to learn. I am just your average blue collar guy trying to have fun while making a change.
I am Riddick's Mema (grandma). My husband, Wendell, & I have four sons, four daughter-in-laws & nine grandkids that keep us busy. In my spare time I volunteer at Top Box, a food pantry and our church hospitality team. We have seen first hand some of the struggles these families & children go through to feel accepted and/or get the help, resources, or the medical equipment they need to have some of their daily needs met. In my life I have learned that even the smallest act of caring has the potential to turn a life around. I am excited to be a part of Riddick's Ride to have a positive effect in people's lives.
I am Riddick's uncle, a husband and father of twins. If you do not find me working as a sewer technician, I am most likely spending time with the family. I enjoy riding motorcycles when it's warm and hunting when the temperature drops. I love being a part of Riddick's Ride, helping as much as we can.
I am Riddick's aunt. My husband, Joe, and I have 2-year-old twins named Journee and Jase. I am fortunate that my job is also my hobby; I coach competitive cheerleading and have to admit I love good healthy competition. Although the biggest reward is to experience the kids grow in skill, maturity, and confidence. But my favorite activity of all would have to be quality family time; cherishing time with those you love is what Riddick taught me.
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I had the pleasure of providing therapy to Riddick for the nearly 3
years he was in the Early Intervention program. Riddick was such a
kind little boy who would touch the hearts of anyone who met him
without ever having to say a single word. I hold a Bachelor's in
Special Education for the blind/visually impaired from Northern
Illinois University, a Master's in special education from Michigan
State University, and a Master's in Occupational Therapy from Mount
Mary University. I am currently a member of AOTA and Pi Theta Epsilon. For the past 19 years, I have followed my passion providing therapy to children with special needs. I am married, live in the Grayslake area, and have 6 children of my own. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, camping, and spending time with my family.