Defenseman Ryan Suter
woke up early Saturday morning knowing he was about to log some serious time on his skates for an extremely important cause.
The blueliner, known for devouring quality minutes on the ice for the Minnesota Wild, arrived in Saint Paul with family and friends, to participate in the inline skating portion of the RBC Race for the Kids Minnesota Half Marathon, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest.
“The race was fun,” Suter said. “We had a great time…we’re supporting a great charity that helps kids and that is what it is all about. My dad used to say, ‘It’s all about the kids,’ and we’re just trying to carry on his legacy.”
Ryan and his wife Becky, who has recently joined the board for the charity, are carrying on that legacy by becoming major contributors to the Ronald McDonald House, providing star power and behind-the-scenes work that has enabled this event to grow.
This year’s participants totaled more than 3,000 people and based off registrations and fundraising from that group, the charity has reached their goal of raising $60,000 from the race.
“All of the money that is raised here today goes directly to our families,” said Terra Peterson, manager of community fundraisers for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest. “I think everybody at the House feels humbled by the opportunity to get our name out there and raise support for our families that we are so honored to serve.”
Reaching this year’s monetary goal equates to 600 nights of lodging, including food and programming, that are completely covered for families persevering through a child’s serious illness.
“It’s a good organization and it helps a lot of kids and their families,” Suter said. “If your kid is in the hospital it’s hard on a family and the Ronald McDonald house makes it easier.”
The Suters will continue to support the cause and encourage our fans to join them in their efforts moving forward. And remember, you have plenty of time to start training for next year’s races.