Coasting for Kids: Local man takes a seat on marathon roller coaster ride

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coasting for kids ryan nelsonRyan Nelson, a Lakewood/Long Beach resident, will participate in Coasting For Kids at Knott’s Berry Farm on Thursday, July 29.

Coasting For Kids is a unique fundraiser that as roller coaster enthusiasts to take a seat for 10-hour marathon ride. This nation-wide event takes place at Cedar Fair parks, including Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park.

In Southern California, participants will be riding the Jaguar roller coaster to help raise funds for Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit organization that provides family vacations for children living with life-threatening illnesses.

In order to earn a seat on the marathon roller coaster, Nelson Coaster-loving fundraisers must collect a minimum of $50, but only the top 30 fundraisers will get a seat on the Marathon Jaguar.

“I’m definitely interested in this,” said Ryan Nelson. “I’m pretty sure there’ll be higher earners than me, but it’s worth the donations though. This event is definitely good for the charity.”

Nelson will be riding for Mikk’s Kid Krusaders, a family charity team started by the Nelson Family. Donations for “Coasting for Kids” can be submitted online at Donations need to be pledged by July 28.

“Knott’s Berry Farm is proud to join with our sister Cedar Fair Parks in hosting Coasting for Kids,” said Knott’s General Manager, Marty Keithley. “Knott’s welcomes children from Give Kids The World everyday and we are committed to providing memorable and magical experiences to children with life threatening illnesses and their families. We feel that Coasting for Kids will give others the satisfaction of helping such a deserving community.”

Ryan Nelson takes off on the marathon Coaster For Kids at 7 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m.

For more information on Give Kids The World, visit For more information on Mikk’s Kid Krusaders, visit

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