Kristen Ranker, owner of Schaeffer’s Corner Market in Ruff’s Dale, Pennsylvania, is on her motorcycle riding across the country this week. She is participating in the Run for the Wall, a charity event that recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who’ve served our nation.
Kristen’s grandfather, Earl Hoffman, Jr., was killed at age 23 while serving during World War II. When she first heard about the annual run, which takes place leading up to Memorial Day each year, she says she just had to participate because she is very grateful for the service of all veterans and she wanted to honor her grandfather. Not only that, she loves to ride her motorcycle.
As the owner of a convenience store near Pittsburgh, Kristen has not been able to take more than a few days off since she bought the business about five years ago. But, this time, she did take ten days to make the entire run from Ontario, California to Washington, D.C. with “platoons” of other bikers. She is on the Central run, and there are also Northern and Southern runs. Her sister and daughter are helping to run Schaeffer’s Market while she is gone.
Kristin and her group have stopped at Veteran’s hospitals and schools all across the country. On Friday, she called NFIB Pennsylvania from Charlestown, West Virginia. Her group of bikers headed to Arlington Cemetery. Then Saturday, they would take part in the Rolling Thunder Parade of bikers in Washington D.C. Finally, the participants end up at the Viet Nam Veterans wall.
Their mission is to promote healing among all veterans and their families, call for an accounting of prisoners of war and those missing in action, and to honor the memories of those killed in action in all wars.
NFIB thanks to Kristen and all the small business owners who participate in charitable and community strengthening events such as this!