MADISON (WKOW) -- The MDA telethon was this past weekend. WKOW is a proud sponsor. But even before the telethon, fundraising efforts were underway all year long. Including the annual Freedom Ride in Sauk Prairie. Elishah Oesch introduces you to the woman behind the ride for more than two decades. Crystal Mundt is September's Jefferson Award Winner.
The sound and the sights of bikes taking off together for one common cause are what Crystal Mundt lives for every day. Crystal says, "we have a saying, 'if I had to explain it to you, you wouldn't understand."Crystal has a heart for Harleys, and a heart for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Freedom Ride.
Crystal says, "I help manage the whole process. I work aggressively with our Hog Chapter." Crystal works mostly behind the scenes. However, her job is the most important one. She organizes the yearly event from start to finish and gets everyone on board with her.
Rebecca Hildebrandt works with the local MDA chapter. She says, "every organization should have a Crystal." She says, Crystal's efforts over the past twenty four years have helped make the freedom ride one of the top five fundraising motorcycle rides in the United States. She says, "she's just one of those people who gives so freely from her heart and from all of her time."
The two main forces that drive Crystal's life are Harley Davidson and the MDA. She loves to ride and she says, everyone needs to give it a try.
Virgil Schulenburg loves to ride too. He's the owner of Sauk Prairie Harley Davidson Inc. He says it all, "started in late 1984 and shortly after that we started our first event and here we are 27 years later." Virgil has been a part of the Freedom Ride from the start as well. However, he says, it's Crystal's passion and hard work that keep it going.
Crystal says,"we ride for those who can't but some day will with your help." Crystal plans to continue this ride until every child with MD can hit the open road sans wheelchair. She says, "I really want to see those kids up and walking and participating in life the way they deserve."