The Annual Memorial Ride in Memory of Brian and Josh Mester has grown every year since it began in 2007. Brian Mester passed away in 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer and Josh “Frog” Mester passed away from injuries received in an automobile accident in 2008.
The Mester brothers are honored every summer with the ride. This year more than 150 motorcycles, convertibles and other vehicles gathered to ride 150 miles together—benefitting local organizations, including Upland Hills Hospice.
“When Brian was a Hospice patient, he wanted very badly to give back to the Hospice program at Upland Hills. We choose to donate part of the proceeds every year to make sure he gets his wish of supporting the program. Unfortunately, we’ve all been touched by illness and tragedy and the Hospice program can be a real key for patients and families,” explained Kristen Mester.
Over $6,500 was raised this year through the support of local businesses and ride participants. The Mester brothers’ family and friends chose to donate $3,500 of that raised to Upland Hills Hospice, who cared for Brian during his last days. In total, the ride has generated $15,000 in donations to Upland Hills Hospice, in support of staff education and equipment needs.
Upland Hills Hospice serves terminally ill patients and their families with medical care and spiritual and emotional support. The program serves patients and families in Iowa, Grant, Lafayette, Richland and parts of Dane and Sauk counties.
For more information on the 2012 ride, slated for the last weekend in July, please watch for the ride posters. For more information on Upland Hills Hospice, contact Joyce McPhail at 930-7166 or visit uplandhillshealth.org/hospice. For more information about how you can make a gift that will impact others, contact Tammie Richter, Upland Hills Health Foundation Director, at 930-7169.
Presenting the donation to Joyce McPhail, Upland Hills Hospice Director (front row, right) are:
Front: Chris Mester; Back: Jeri Buckingham, Lory Mester, Bill Mester, Kristen Mester,
Gabriel James, Jason Mester, holding Charlotte Mester, Shawn Buckingham