Following are the dedicated members of the Aiming For A Cure Foundation Committee
“We had a vision that was put into action and became a dream come true”. Being parents of a child diagnosed with cancer and recently sharing a loss of this child was the inspiration to form Aiming For A Cure Foundation.
My husband Steve and daughter Rachel and I want Ben’s legacy to live, as Ben would always think of the many children and Families at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital during their treatments for cancer. During his visits, Ben was consumed by the staff, new Friendships and many opportunities that would make his home away from home more enjoyable during a difficult time.
With Ben’s love for the great outdoors in his hunting dogs and the many personal Friendships made it became easy to form such a great foundation that commit their time and efforts to continue the legacy of caring for the children and Families dealing with cancer at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
“We were blessed with calling Ben our son, and having so many caring people to volunteer their time, talents and financial support in helping children and their families with childhood cancer.”
The Ries Family resides in Alburnett on an acreage with their Family business in raising hunting dogs.
Faith Family Friends
Tim Anderson is the Director of Public Relations at Mossy Oak Brand Camo.
He has been involved with the Aiming for a Cure Foundation since its inception.
“Steve Ries came to see us years ago looking for a title sponsor to get behind his event. After listening to his vision and discussing it with Dave and Carman Forbes, we immediately jumped onboard. When I originally got involved, I felt it was part of my job and responsibility to the company. It quickly became part of life and a passion that is hard to explain. I will always be a part of Aiming For a Cure because of its mission to assist and comfort children going through the fight for their life.”
Tim and his wife Karen live in Delhi, Iowa. They have 4 children, Jeremy, Justin, Lindsey and Michael.
Lisa Baum is development director for Jazz 88.3 KCCK, public radio at Kirkwood Community College. As former director of Children’s Miracle Network at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Lisa was included in the early organizational meetings of Aiming for a Cure.
“I continue to delight in the growth of Aiming for a Cure and it’s unique support of families with children fighting cancer. It takes hearts and hands to successfully provide a healing environment. Ben Ries took the challenge of a brain tumor in stride. His bravery and faith are ever present as we create events to benefit those who are facing cancer.”
Randy is the Executive Vice President of Operations for a protein separation and purification company. Randy is the husband of Cathy and the father of Cori. Randy was raised in Ames, Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University, and has spent his career building and operating medical device and pharmaceutical operations around the world. Randy trains his Brittanys and supports his daughter in her 4H horse projects in his spare time.
Randy became involved with Aiming For A Cure through his contact with Steve Ries in AKC Hunt Tests and developing a friendship with the Ries family. The inspiration of Ben Ries and the core values of the Aiming For A Cure Foundation are the primary motivating forces for him and helps all committee members focus on the need to continue their efforts. As an individual involved with the health care industry he feels that there is a need for an increased awareness on the mental well-being of children and families experiencing difficult times and the Aiming For A Cure Foundation is working toward this goal.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A love of dogs, pheasant hunting, sports, and photography put me on the doorstep of one of the formative meetings of the “Aiming for A Cure” committee. Fortunately, they let me stay. Now, almost eleven years later, I couldn’t imagine my life without the great people I’ve met at Highland Hideaway Hunting in Riverside, Iowa, and all the members of the AFAC committee.
It was a perfect fit for our family business, “ Impact Photo / Joe Photo”, as we have specialized in special event photography concentrating on the Cedar Rapids / Iowa City corridor for 37 years. My wife, Molly, and kids, Sarah and Dan, all help in our business and help support AFAC.
I earned my B.A. in History with a Physical Education minor in 1972 – Go Hawks!
Lori is an Iowa City native and a graduate of City High School. She also attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a BBA Degree in finance.
In addition to her charity work, Lori is currently employed as a Loan Operations Officer at MidWestOne Bank in Iowa City. Some of her additional interests include scrapbooking, Atlanta Braves baseball and, of course, Iowa Hawkeye Sports.
John is the President of Frontera Marketing Group, a marketing agency based in Le Claire, IA, as well as a Co-Owner of Kinetic Dog Food. He got involved with Aiming for a Cure in 2011 as part of their Marketing efforts after attending events for several years. As a father of two children and a lifelong upland hunter, Aiming for a Cure offers a perfect opportunity to support children and families through positive association with the outdoors.
“I’ve known the Ries family for years and worked closely with Steve since 2007. His ability to bring people together in support of the positive mission of the Aiming for a Cure Foundation never ceases to amaze me. The strength of this family and the incredible support for the foundation serve as an inspiration to everyone that comes into contact with them. It’s a wonderful thing to see and I couldn’t imagine a more worthwhile mission in which to participate.”
Corbin is Assistant Store Leader at Scheels Sports in Coralville, Ia. Scheels became a sponsor for the annual Aiming for a Cure Celebrity Hunt and Banquet in 2011, and Corbin attended the event as a hunter. His wife Sarah, who fund raises for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital was involved at the time as well. He was so blown away by the event he had to get involved. As a very passionate hunter and outdoorsman, Aiming for a Cure was a great fit.
“I feel very blessed to be associated with such a great organization. The people I get to work with on the committee are second to none, and some of the hardest working folks you will ever meet. It is just great to see how much families are positively affected, as well as how much is raised for finding a cure.” Corbin and his wife Sarah live in North Liberty, Ia with their daughters Harper and Brynlee.
Sandra Ahrendsen works at The Gazette Company as a Project Manager and Continuous Improvement Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sandra has been involved with Aiming for A Cure since 2013.
“My passion to provide support and care for people touched by cancer is in alignment with the mission of Aiming for A Cure. I am proud to serve as a member of this committee and to have the opportunity of working alongside amazing people doing amazing things.”
Sandra and her husband Jeff live near Cedar Rapids; they have 3 children, Mitchell, Lucas and Samantha.
Dianne Haught is the Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Hubbard Feeds in Iowa City, Iowa. Dianne has been involved with Aiming for A Cure since 2013.
“When Steve Ries shared his story about Ben I was immediately drawn to help in some small way if I could. This is an amazing group of people who share their time and talent for all the right reasons.”
Courtney is a Senior Sales Manager for NMA Group Sales with Marriott International. Courtney met Steve and Jodie a few years ago and learned about the Aiming for a Cure Foundation and Ben’s story. Knowing what their goal and passion is for the Foundation, she was thrilled to join such an amazing group of people and has been involved with Aiming for A Cure since 2013.
“I am very humbled to be a part of such a wonderful Foundation. I am happy to be able to offer my support to help Aiming for a Cure grow and continue to assist the families going through such a difficult time.”
Courtney and her husband, CJ, reside in Fairfax, IA with their daughters Sage, Carlie, and Riley.
Robb is an Ag Industry Specialist and Business Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in Cedar Rapids, IA. Robb has been involved with Aiming For A Cure since 2012.
“My passion and desire of hunting and helping others lead me to Aiming For A Cure. The mission and vision of the Foundation, along with the commitment, dedication and motivation of all the members makes me very proud to be part of such a great organization and group of people……..together we are Aiming For A Cure.”
Robb and his wife Lindsey, live in Cedar Rapids, IA with their daughters Berkley and Ryleigh.
Chase is a Vice President of Commercial Banking at MidWestOne Bank in Iowa City and has been involved with the Aiming For A Cure Foundation since 2015.
“My wife and I lost our son Dolan back in 2011 and then spent 3 weeks in the NICU when our second son Liam was born. A local Foundation made it possible for our parents to stay with us during these difficult times and since then I have been looking to get involved in a Foundation that shares a similar vision. When I was introduced to the Aiming For A Cure Foundation I knew it would be a perfect fit and couldn’t wait to start helping all the children and their families through these difficult times.” Chase enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Chase and his wife Aubrey live in Iowa City, Iowa. They have two children, Dolan and Liam.
TJ is an commercial and ag lender at Hills Bank and Trust Company in Cedar Rapids, IA. TJ has been involved with Aiming For A Cure since 2015.
“After hearing about Aiming For A Cure through a friend, I made it my mission to introduce myself to Steve and see if there was anything I could do to help this amazing cause. My desire to help children and my passion for the outdoors make Aiming For A Cure the perfect fit for me. I am so proud and honored to be part of this organization and to work with such wonderful people.”
TJ and his wife Kara live in Cedar Rapids, IA with their daughter Ruthanne.
Rachel is a Sr. Administrative Assistant at Rockwell Collins. She has been a part of Aiming for a Cure since the beginning but joined the committee in 2016. Rachel is also part of the Aiming for a Cure Fun Run/Walk committee.
“My brother, Ben, was diagnosed with cancer when I was ten years old and he was seven. My family and I spent those next five years at the hospital. While Ben was going through treatment he was more worried about the other kids in hospital beds next to him.
Aiming for a Cure was created so we can help the children and families going through difficult times. With Ben’s passing I hope to be able to help siblings that are dealing with loss.”
Calvin is a Farm Manager with Hertz Farm Management, Inc. in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Calvin has been involved with Aiming For A Cure since 2017.
“Growing up as part of Ben’s class, I knew the Foundation was something I wanted to be a part of. Witnessing how much good came from one boy’s life has been truly remarkable. I’ve always felt that the greatest purpose one can have is to simply make a difference in other’s lives. Whether that be a warm smile or coming along side and helping individuals through difficult times.” Calvin enjoys hunting, farming, and snowmobiling.
Calvin and his wife Kayla live near Center Point, Iowa.
Kayla McBride works at Interstate Grain Service in Center Point, Iowa where she does Animal Nutrition.
“I first heard of Aiming For A Cure through Calvin when he took me to their annual banquet. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be involved with such a great foundation. Over the next year I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with Steve and Jodie Ries. We talked a lot about the Aiming For A Cure Foundation and the future goals that they had. I was confident that the Foundation’s cause was something I wanted to contribute towards as it was near to my heart.
God puts people in our lives for many reasons. I believe one of the reasons he brought Calvin and I together was to serve and help those in desperate times.”