The patriot group “2 Million Bikers to DC (2MBTDC)” is reaching out to their members, as well as the media, to spread the word about Ryan Mendonça, a devoted husband and father of six who will die without a kidney transplant.
2MBTDC recently made headlines for roaring into Washington D.C. on September 11 to commemorate the innocent Americans and first responders whose lives were stolen from them. Their vision, according to their website, is to “shine the light of truth and give hope by participating in events that feature God, Veterans, The Constitution and pride in our American core Values and Beliefs.” The patriot organization often strives to help members and non-members alike through various charity initiatives. They often work on causes that are ignored in the mainstream media, such as their dedication to the plight of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a United States Marine who has been imprisoned in Mexico since March 31.
The group’s founder, Belinda Bee, told the Examiner that her organization is fighting now to save the life of Ryan Mendonça, the 2MBTDC National States Coordinator, who works from his computer to help the organization, oftentimes from a hospital bed. Bee said that each state’s chapter is trying to raise awareness so that a donor with an “O” blood type (positive or negative) may come forward.
Ryan Mendonça, 34, has six children who are his “pride and joy,” he told the Examiner. His youngest was born the same year, 2010, that he found out that he has renal failure as a result of medication he was taking for his diabetes. Life has been hectic since he was made aware of his terrifying condition. Due to his endless stays in the hospital for dialysis, Ryan lost his electrician’s license and has been forced to turn to “friends, family, and church organizations” for help paying the bills. Not being able to work is “tough,” Mendonça said, and he had to give up many activities in which he was previously involved, such as coaching his older son’s baseball and football teams. Ryan was also the field manager for the local football field, and volunteered as the electrician for the boys and girls club where one of his kids played basketball, as well as the studio where his oldest daughter dances.
His activities “stopped two years ago,” Ryan told the Examiner. “Being so busy, I never paid attention to the world outside my little nucleus.”
Ryan’s father was successfully matched as a donor, and the surgery was scheduled for October of 2013. Unfortunately, during that time his dad developed kidney stones and was disqualified. Ryan was “devastated,” he said, “but there was nothing we could do.” Adding to the frustration was that he received a letter stating that he was “reactivated on the Kidney recipient list” with no explanation as to why he was “deactivated” in the first place. “I had lost 6 months on the waiting list,” he said, and “had slipped down hundreds of places.” There is no telling how long Ryan Mendonça will have to wait without a donor.
Currently, 2MBTDC is trying to find a donor for Ryan. If you, or someone you know, can save the life of a dedicated dad and strong patriot, please send an email to Life4Ryan@gmail.com. If you want to donate money for Ryan and his potential donor, who will need time to heal after surgery, please click here. Even a $1.00 donation will help. Get updates on Ryan’s story at Facebook.