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Need dinner tonight? Stop by West Richland to help a kid who always helps others

A fund raiser this evening at West Richland’s Flat Top Park will help pay for a lift-equipped van for the family of Ryder Page, a William Wiley Elementay student.
A fund raiser this evening at West Richland’s Flat Top Park will help pay for a lift-equipped van for the family of Ryder Page, a William Wiley Elementay student.

A fund-raiser today at Flat Top Park will help a local family buy a wheelchair-accessible van for their growing son.

Ride for Ryder is a benefit for Ryder Page, and includes pizza, music, a silent auction, bake sale, games and a raffle. It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Flat Top.

His parents, Kira and Greg Page of West Richland, hope to replace their vehicle with a lift-equipped van now that Ryder, 10, is getting too big to lift easily.

Ryder was born with cerebral palsy and muscular myopathy. He is an energetic young man who has worked to support other local nonprofits over the years.

The William R. Wiley Elementary School student has the use of one arm. His father said he’s a sweet, smart young man who is just like any other kid except that he uses a wheelchair.

But as he grows larger, it is no longer safe for his family members to lift him into the family vehicle.

The family has identified a van equipped with a ramp-lift. However, lenders will only finance the value of the vehicle, not the lift equipment. Page said the family needs to raise money for the lift portion of the purchase.

They have raised nearly $1,900 as of Monday.

Visit gofundme.com/ryder-needs-a-new-ride for information or to make a donation.

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