PEDALING FOR PATTIE
Hi, my name is Ryan Lee Gehris, and I’m so glad you are taking an interest in the “Pedaling for Pattie” campaign. The goal is to help Goldstar children receive a higher education. This is necessary to compete in today's and tomorrow’s workforce.
I was born and raised in Berks County, PA. I have been living in San Diego, CA for about 17 years. As a boy growing up I would hear stories about my grandfather, Leon 'Lee' Charles Stein. He served 23 years in the Navy. Lee was serving as an advisor with the brown water navy, Junk Force, when on July 9, 1965 he was killed in action.
As a young boy my late grandmother, and mother, Patricia Anne Stein (Pattie), got me involved with The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 131 out of Berks County, PA. We raised money for a Veterans Memorial in Reading City Park in 1988. I currently am a lifetime auxiliary member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2111 out of Chula Vista, CA. I’m also a member of the Son’s of the American Legion Post #416 out of Encinitas, CA.
The inspiration for the “Pedaling for Pattie” campaign is my mother, Pattie Stein. When she was just 14 years old she got the terrible news that her father, my grandfather, Lee, was killed instantly, because of multiple missile wounds from hostile action. On July 9, 1965 my mother’s and grandmother’s life changed forever.
My advocacy for Goldstar families is very personal to me.
So, starting April 2, 2018 I will be riding my beach cruiser from Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA to New York, via D.C. and Philly.
I will be networking with VFWs and American Legions along the way to raise individual donations in the amount of $22. The number 22 represents the statistical information on Veterans that take their own lives every day. If you cannot give $22, that's OK! Any amount will help.
“War does not end when you leave the battle field, and the effects it has on the families left behind go on for generations.”
Thank you for your time and be sure to check out Children of Fallen Patriots Homepage to learn more about them and all the good they are doing for the children left behind.
SEE YOU ON THE ROAD!
Ryan Lee Gehris