A father and daughter ride to raise thousands of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network – and unite RE/MAX offices from Canada to Costa Rica along the way
By Katharine Davis
When Holly Johnson was 10 years old, she asked her father if he would take her on a motorcycle trip when she turned 12.
“Sure, honey, where do you think you’d like to go?” Bruce Johnson responded.
“Costa Rica!” was her reply.
It was a big dream for such a little girl, but it was a request Bruce was determined to make a reality. So on Nov. 3, 2013, the Hall of Famer with RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach and a now 12-year-old Holly departed their Wasaga Beach, Ontario, home to turn a travel wish for one into a fundraising journey to benefit thousands. Their inspiration is Alyssa Rae, Bruce and wife Mary’s first daughter, who died at Toronto’s SickKids hospital after just 20 days of life; their goal is to raise $25,000 for Children’s Miracle Network through their blog, johnsonjourneys.com.
Calling their journey Motorcycle for Miracles, the duo knew RE/MAX offices and agents would be there every step of the way. They were right. From Canada to Costa Rica, RE/MAX Associates have welcomed the weary travelers into their homes, treated them to meals and surprised them by coordinating media exposure.
“I’ve learned a great deal about our RE/MAX network from this journey,” Bruce says. “We are truly a large, tight-knit group. It’s far more than just business.” Track their travels – which have taken them to nine countries and 35 RE/MAX offices – on this map.