Everyday Hero: Motorcycle enthusiast raises money for medically-challenged children

By Bill Murphy, Everyday Hero Host
Last Updated: Monday, May 08, 2017, 10:37 AM EDT

Everyday Hero host Bill Murphy met Rick Ramsey at the Pepin Distributing Company in Tampa.  It’s a warehouse literally loaded with thousands and thousands of cans of beer.

But Murphy and Ramsey weren’t there to talk about cans.

They were talking about compassion.

Fifteen years ago, Ramsey began an organization called Bud Run, a children’s charity fund.

Every year since, he and about half a dozen other volunteers have seen to it that ill or in crisis children and their families are cared for… to the tune, so far, of more than $250,000 over those years.

Ramsey talked about his organization’s message to all the children and families they’ve helped.

“Keep a roof over your head. Keep a vehicle to drive so that you can get the child to and from the doctor," Ramsey said. "The doctor bills are going to add up. Don’t worry about them, so to speak. Keep yourselves healthy and happy and keep that child as healthy and happy as possible.”

Money is raised by golf tournaments throughout the year and an annual motorcycle Bud Run where all are welcome.  And you don’t even need a motorcycle.

This year’s Bud Run is set for May 20.

That’s where you can meet this year’s recipient, Kendra.  She’s a beautiful little 3-year-old fighting the battle of her young life.  Her enemy: leukemia.

“She’s just a bundle of joy, single mother, we’re doing everything we can to provide for them and keep them going,” Ramsey said.

Keeping them going; just the same as Ramsey and his handful of volunteers have done year in and year out.  So many faces.  So many kids.  And no plans for slowing down.

And if you want to make Ramsey smile, just tell him that he and his crew are heroes.

"No, we’re not heroes," Ramsey laughed. "Just everyday people trying to make a difference."