My name is ... Steven Mathews

Motorcyclist helps raise money for nonprofit network

Posted 10/8/18

About me I'm originally from Texas, but moved up here to Colorado about eight years ago for a job in finance. I retired from that job in January. My wife and I have both of our daughters and four …

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My name is ... Steven Mathews

Motorcyclist helps raise money for nonprofit network

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About me

I'm originally from Texas, but moved up here to Colorado about eight years ago for a job in finance. I retired from that job in January. My wife and I have both of our daughters and four grandkids here in the Denver area. I love the weather, I love to fly fish and I love to motorcycle, and I brought that with me from Texas. I'm a member of the Iron Butt Association that's dedicated to long-distance riding and will verify rides you take.

What I ride for

After doing all these Iron Butt rides, my brother had the idea to do something worthwhile with this and raise money for some nonprofits. I picked a nonprofit I was already a volunteer for, Audio Information Network of Colorado, a group that recruits local volunteers to record local news programs like the Denver Post and newspapers all over the state.

They have 24-7 programming every day of the year, whether there is some media type of a thing that is being programmed or recorded and then broadcast in English and Spanish. I raised about $1,200 with people donating watching our trip on Facebook and LinkedIn, things like that.

What riding means to me

I really enjoy it, but at the same time, it's not just for me or my enjoyment. It's not just us. We're doing it for somebody else. We felt good about being able to do something for somebody else in an unconventional way. A lot of people do a 5K to raise money. We didn't come up with something totally unique, but you don't hear somebody every day riding a motorcycle through all 48 states. Obviously it's a bit of a stunt in a way, but that's a way you draw attention to something important.

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