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4th Annual Sean Vandenberg Memorial Ride
Touchet, WA
July 8 2007.
Pictures were sent in by Sean’s dad, Mr. Tom Vandenberg

First a little history. Sean was diagnosed with cancer when he was 11 years old. He had it a total of 5 times when he passed away at age 27. When he was 18 he was granted a wish - a motorcycle. He loved that bike and whenever he rode it he said that he felt free. He became a journeyman electrician and was married a year and a half upon passing. 4 years ago his mother and I and his sister began a charity ride to grant a scholarship to someone in our home town who would learn a trade. This is our 4th year. As you can see we have a pretty good turnout and raise a bit of money. We also give some to a local wish granting organization we helped found here in Walla Walla County in Washington State. That organization is called "Children's Wishes and Dreams". The money we raise here stays here for the children around here. We are members of the local Chamber of Commerce as well as working full time. (I am not bragging these are just facts. - helps with the healing part I guess). So that is our story. Next year we plan to have a bigger ride with more games for the 5th annual.

The ride is about 100 miles long on paved roads in two states.
As you can see we have a lot of fun and great people make this all happen.
Tom
 

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  Amanda, Sean’s sister, and friends

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Some of the Bikes

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 VW powered trike!

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More bikes

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Some of the participants

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“Gee I sure want one of these~I hope he doesn’t see me on this thing!!

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Sean’s truck! It’s a head turner even if it is a “ rat rod!”

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Another view of his truck

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At one of the stops along the route.

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Just cooling off.

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Future riders!

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Sean’s Bug with the wish bike behind it.

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Sign up.

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 “ So bring on the dogs already!! Hungry crowd.”

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More bikes

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 Hanging out and visiting before the ride.

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“Training Wheels”~really! built for handicapped riders

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 Another view of the “training wheels”

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Another stop along the ride.

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 Last chance for a card.

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The “wish bike” in front of the Bug.

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 “Got another dog??”

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 Kicking back

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 “Wanna buy a 50/50 ticket mister??”



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