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How we got started

What started as a way to further promote the brand and products of a small citrus company, a team was born to compete in a local charity event, Skate-A-Bike-A-Scoot-A-Skate-A-Thon, in Michigan City, Indiana during the summer of 2012.


One year later, it has become something more than just a marketing vehicle, Shred & Ride Crewhas become a group of guys who really enjoy riding their bmx bikes, skateboards and scooters every chance they get!


Shred & Ride Crew came to existence with eight talented individuals in the sport of riding BMX and skateboarding. Thanks to Chris P., Michael L., Brandon C., Alex W., Donnie J., Alec B., John B., and Zach B. for all they did at the Skate-A-Thon and for collectively raising the most money for The Little Wish Foundation. Proceeds goes to support cancer patients. Also, thanks to Robin Surber, who had organized the event!


Now, in its second summer, Shred & Ride Crew has added several more members and also scooter riders. Two of them, Isaiah C. and Andrew M. competed in the first ever Scooter Contest (9.28.2013) at The Kitchen BMX & Skate Park in South Bend, Indiana -- and took 1st and 3rd place respectively in the Intermediate Division!


With the third summer (since we were formed) coming upon us in 2014, Shred & Ride Crew will continue to be an advocate for the sports of BMX, skateboarding and scooter riding. 


Partner with us and help make a difference in the lives of young people.


Read more about the Skate-A-Thon in the article below from the local newspaper, The News-Dispatch.


The first ever Shred & Ride Crew team -- established during the Summer of 2012 in Michigan City, Indiana.

Fighting cancer on wheels

All-day skating event helps grant wishes for kids with cancer


By Stephanie Kuschel

Staff Writer


Published: Monday, August 13, 2012 5:07 PM CDT


MICHIGAN CITY — It is hard enough growing up without having to battle

cancer, but according to statistics from the National Cancer Institute, it is

the challenge facing more than 12,000 children and adolescents,

who are diagnosed with the disease, annually.


But one small, local event, with a big name, is doing its part to make

things a little easier for some of those young people.


On Sunday, the second annual 'skate-a-bike-a-scoot-a-skate-a-thon'

took place in Pullman Park, 550 West Fourth Street, and raised money to

support the Little Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children

fighting cancer. Robin Surber, a local resident, and the Michigan City

Summer Festival committee, organized the event.


Surber said she got the idea for the skate-a-bike-a-scoot-a-skate-a-thon

after problems with vandalism in Pullman Park incited rumors that the

park could be taken away, leaving young people, like her 13-year-old son,

Alan without a place to practice.


“I wanted to show that they’re great, caring kids out here,” Surber said.

“They love their park, and they’re not the ones vandalizing it.”


Surber, who cared for both of her parents during their battles with cancer, said she chose the Little Wish Foundation because of its mission and because she liked that the founders, Liz and Therese Niemiec, were local residents of Michigan City.


“I know what it’s like to go through all of that, and I can’t imagine being a kid and having to go through it,” Surber said. “The Little Wish Foundation goes into the hospitals and brings joy to the kids who are going through such hard times.”


As Surbur was planning the first skate-a-bike-a-scoot-a-skate-a-thon, an unexpected discovery brought the event’s mission even closer to home. Surber found out that one of her son’s friends, a fellow Michigan City skater named Daniel Fredenvurg, now 15, had been diagnosed with abdominal cancer.Surber explained that Daniel’s diagnosis came as a second hit to the Fredenvurg family because Daniel’s father, Greg Fredenvurg, was already fighting cancer.


“We told the Little Wish Foundation about Daniel,” Surber said, “and they put him right at the top of the list."


Not long after, while Daniel was going through dialysis and chemotherapy treatments, the Little Wish Foundation surprised him at the hospital with an Apple iPod.


“That kid’s face lit up like it was Christmas, and I cry every time I think of it,” Patty Fredenvurg, Daniel's mother, said. “I’m strapped financially – with all that’s happened, but I wanted to show Robin my appreciation, so I made signs. I want people to know what they (Robin Surber and the Little Wish Foundation) have done and how thankful I am.”


Daniel Fredenvurg is now eight months cancer free, and on Sunday, he was out on the track supporting the event that supported him through his treatments.


Patty Fredenvurg said the Little Wish Foundation recently approached her again to say that Daniel is eligible for a “Big Wish.”


“Most kids pick to go to Disney World,” Patty Fredenvurg said. “My kid wants to go to go to a professional skate park and learn tricks from the pros.”


Last year, the skate-a-bike-a-scoot-a-skate-a-thon raised enough money to sponsor five wishes, which cost anywhere from $400-$600 each, but Surber did a lot of the fundraising herself – either through personal donations or by asking for businesses in the area to sponsor the event. This year, Surber said more than 26 community businesses contributed donations to the event, but she also put in place a $20 donation fee for skaters to participate.


“That way, they know they did most of it themselves,” Surber said, “and everyone’s donated very happily and willingly.”


Copyright © 2014 - The News Dispatch

Two skaters get airborne at the skate-a-bike-a-scoot-a-skate-a-thon. Photo by Stephanie Kuschel

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