Motorcycle Missions is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation helping Veterans and First Responders with PTS(D) find hope and healing through motorcycle therapy. At Motorcycle Missions we understand that much of the post traumatic stress (disorder) paradigm is that the need for purpose, camaraderie, and adrenaline is of the utmost importance. Our hope is to encourage our participants to instill a life-long passion for riding and building motorcycles, that will help them enjoy a happy, healthy, and balanced lifestyle after trauma. Visit http://www.motorcycle-missions.org/about.
100% of your financial contribution will go where it is needed most to help our Veterans and First Responders. It will allow Motorcycle Missions to give them the opportunity to participate in 'Project MX' or the 'Motorcycle Build Mentorship Program.'
All funds collected for PROJECT MX will give a rider the opportunity to ride at the MX Factory, giving them a chance to develop new skills, make new friends, and work out their need for action-packed stress relief. Your donations will go toward the costs of the program, which include the maintenance and use of the MX Factory's fleet of Yamaha, KTM, and Husqvarna dirt bikes, gear, a healthy lunch, and instruction/coaching. The camp will go on for approximately 4 hours and will occur once a month.
Donations made to the 'Motorcycle Build Mentorship Program' will help fund the motorcycle itself, motorcycle parts and materials, fabrication and finishing costs, and licensing and registration costs. When the bike is complete and the group has enjoyed seeing their handiwork displayed at motorcycle shows, it will be raffled off to fund the next bike build.
FOUNDER / PROJECT MANAGER / BUILD MENTOR
If anyone understands the challenges of starting over, it’s Krystal Hess. In 2011, Krystal left an abusive marriage. She dreamed of reinventing herself by moving from Canada to the sunny southwestern United States and learning to ride motorcycles. “I didn’t ever have bikes on my radar until I got divorced in Canada,” she said. “It was going to be my way of starting over, doing something cool.” Krystal met a guy who built custom motorcycles and moved to Austin, Texas to be with him. Within a year of her move, however, her new boyfriend attempted suicide, involving Krystal in a traumatic way. Once again, Krystal found herself picking up the pieces of her life — and the pieces of a motorcycle they had planned to rebuild together. “I had this big problem on my hands,” she said. “I had a motorcycle that I owned that was in a million pieces.” Rebuilding that motorcycle changed her life, and made her a true believer in the transformative power of two-wheeled machines. “I compare it to [the healing process] all the time,” said Krystal. Every part I put on the bike, I put back together a part of myself.” Since then, Krystal has rebuilt several motorcycles, started a successful powder coating business, and founded Motorcycle Missions, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD heal through motorcycle.