"His dad and I were really impressed," mom Dawn says of her little man. "We wanted this to be about doing good, not about the reward."
Through a variety of fundraising efforts, including bake sales, fifty fifty draws, raffles and door to door, Koen was able to raise close to 12,000$ for the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The MX for Children organizers, Rex and Paul, were both blown away by the effort.
"The truth is," admits Rex. "That our top three fundraisers in the Jackpot Challenge were all Canadian. I think it might have to do with the charity, Sick Kids, having an effect on so many people here."
Paul didn't get too much contact with Koen and family, but did have something to say. "From where I sit," he said. "I am blown away how the opportunity to meet with idols can be combined with a philanthropic cause for these young kids and have such a great effect. It's truly amazing."
"What really impressed me was that people were so willing to give," said Dawn. "And how we'd go out, day after day. We didn't want it to turn into something we (mom and dad) did for him. He did most of the work himself. He learned a lot too; he learned the value of hard work, counting and money sense, and about giving back to the community."
"Koen was so crushed when Dungey crashed and he found out he wasn't coming to Toronto," said mom. The youngster fundraised as hard as he could, knowing that if he were the top fundraiser for all of North America he would get a trip to Las Vegas, where he'd get to see Dungey and his new best friend, Preston Mull.
"Preston was amazing with Koen," Dawn admits. "Picking him up, carrying him around and introducing him to people. I think Preston has a fan for life now."
Koen's trip to Las Vegas for the final Supercross of the year at Sam Boyd Stadium featured his favourite riders, Dungey and Mull, and mom's favourite Reed, but all around she was impressed by the friendliness of everyone.
"When we first got there and saw the press conference in progress, Koen's face just lit up," she said. "And when it was done Dungey came down, and Koen was just like 'I got to meet Dungey!'" And he didn't just meet the KTM rider, he got to sit on the #5 KTM and even got a signed jersey! "We were all very impressed with how nice Ryan was."
Koen was given the full star treatment, making friends with one of the Speed TV cameramen. "The cameraman happened to have the same name as one of our neighbours, so Koen thought that was pretty cool. He showed Koen around and introduced him to some of the other Pros. We haven't got to see it yet, though, but a lot of our friends and family have said they have."