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We invite you to 'COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE' to beat brain cancer!  You can support our mission by making a donation and also by participating in our annual bike ride event (May 17, 2025), whether you choose to ride the trail or join the post-ride celebration in Dallas Center, for great food and entertainment for the whole family!  


GARY'S RIDE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity organization founded by Kristin Wiedenfeld and created in loving memory of Gary Wiedenfeld; husband to Kristin, step-father and avid cyclist, who bravely battled glioblastoma.  GARY is referred to by many as 'our hero' because of his courage, faithfulness, strength, perseverance, kindness and commitment to helping others.  Gary faced many battles in his life, including multiple surgeries and a near life-ending accident, but none as great as his fight against brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme grade IV) from April 2020 until May 17, 2021. Forever in our hearts, our love for Gary propels us make a help others...and to BEAT this disease!

Watch Kristin's TV Interviews here:  May'24  May'23 | April'23 | Oct'23 

OUR MISSION is to raise FUNDS and HOPE for those impacted by brain cancer - especially glioblastoma (GBM), the most common type of malignant brain tumor in adults.  Our 2024 campaign raised more than $34,000!  

Funds raised help support the MercyOne Richard Deming Cancer Center to...

  • Support local clinical trials for future treatment

  • Enable a terminal brain cancer patient to enjoy their dreamed of adventure

  • Provide support services like massage therapy/acupuncture/music and art therapy

  • Facilitate brain cancer rehab services like speech, occupational and physical therapy

  • Fund transportation costs to help patients get to / from appointments

  • Fill gaps where insurance falls short (compassion fund) for patients and families

Thanks to our generous sponsors


Julie & Mark Balk

Mercy One Des Moines Foundation

Mike and Sara Walkenhorst

Worldwide Logistics

“Our Hero” Gary




Tammy Jensen Family & Friends (in memory of Tammy Jensen)

Jeff & Nancy Kafer


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Gilcrest Jewett

IH Missouri Valley Credit Union

Iowa Trust Bank

Steven Mall (in memory of Jackson Fisher)

Kathryn & Dr. Neil Mandsager (in memory of Gary Wiedenfeld)

Christine & Mark Sarcone


Stivers Ford & Lincoln Waukee

 Synergy Financial



Abbott Northwestern Hospital 8th floor nursing staff  (in memory of Tammy Jensen)

Glen Adams

Aimee Rooney + MidAmerican Acct. Friends (in memory of Tammy Jensen)

Amy Manners Family Premiere Truck Group (In memory of Tammy Jensen)

Kenneth Anderson

The Arpey Family (in memory of Tammy Jensen)

Jeffrey Austin (in memory of Tammy Jensen)

Sarah Baker

Cathryn Balderson

Joe Baum, Deidre Robinson & Family (in memory of Mark Sarcone)

James Brown

Mark Cahill

Nick Callison

Caregiver Connection, LLC (in memory of Mark Sarcone)

Cavalier Entertainment

Kris Chamblee

Jerry & Renee Chiaramonte (in memory of Gary Wiedenfeld)

Steve Crittenden

Dr. Richard Deming

Diane Devick

Thomas Diemer

Ross Eoriati

Shauna Gehring

Lorie Grau

Jeff Harris

Susan Harshman

Joan Hitzel

Jay & Julie Jacobi (in memory of Tammy Jensen)

William Knapp II

Tiffany Knudson

Jeffrey Konkel

Mary Mahnke (in memory of Mark Sarcone)

Tina Marks (in memory of Mark Sarcone)

Jodie McDonough

Lawrence McLellan

Robert Metcalf

Patty Mettler

Christine Sarcone (in memory of Mark Sarcone)

Gabrielle Sarcone (in memory of Mark Sarcone)

Ken & Leslie Schrimper

Patricia Shomion

Allen Sievers (in memory of Tammy Jensen)

Cathleen and Randy Sparrow

Nicclette Steelman

David Stevens

Susan Stringer

Karen Thompson (in memory of Gary Wiedenfeld)

Will Weber

David Wetsch

Philip Worth

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