We raise funds and build awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through motorcycle rides to St. Jude children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and the St. Jude Midwest affiliate located in Peoria, IL. Our goal is to financially help to further their mission of advancing cures and find preventions for childhood cancers.

In 2007, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts took to the road, traveling 465 miles from Peoria, Illinois, to Memphis to raise $90,000 for St. Jude.  In our 11th year, the St. Jude Motorcycle Ride roared onto the St. Jude campus and raised $807,000. Since inception, the Rides have raised $5.2 million.

Founded by Peoria Sheriff Mike McCoy and Brad Wiebler, a typical St. Jude Ride brings 150 motorcyclists with 76 passengers on the journey from Peoria to Memphis. Satellite rides from five cities brought the total number of riders and passengers to 280. 

In 2008 John and and Vicky Willis went to the Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  They were lucky enough to get Bruce Springsteen tickets.  At the concert, they met Dave and Abby Hagen from Peoria, Illinois.  From that meeting, a great friendship began to form.  Dave & Abby shared their love for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and told them about the St. Jude Peoria to Memphis Ride.  In 2010, they invited John & Vicky to Peoria to participate in the St. Jude Peoria to Memphis Ride.  John and Vicky said, “We were blown away by the ride and by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  We can truthfully say our hearts have not been the same since that ride.  Before we left Memphis, Brad and Angie Wiebler and Mike McCoy asked if we would be interested in starting a satellite ride in Kansas City.  We could only say yes.  That was the beginning of St. Jude Rides of Kansas City.” Since inception, the Kansas City Ride has raised $74,120.00 and has over 40 bikes and 60 people participate!

Satellite rides this year begin in the following cities:  Peoria, Princeton and Rock Falls, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri;  Des Moines, Iowa, and Nashville, Tennessee.

We welcome you to participate with your dollars, or join us on our ride. this event is extremely heartwarming. You will meet wonderful people who all participate for various reasons. Expect lots of nice surprises. This unique experience is well worth the effort. 

For more information and to get involved, please contact Jeff Smith at cowboyjeff29s@gmail.com or 816-898-7920




Join us September 12th -14th 2019