1st Place - $1000
2nd Place $750
3rd Place $500
4th Place $250

Come Support our Fight Against Childhood Cancers


Ryan McCleskey ended his fight against cancer on February 3, 2006. Family, friends, and acquaintances of Ryan wish to continue his battle with loving memory.  We are already looking forward to our 12th Annual Redfish Challenge!

The objective of the event is to continue to build awareness of the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, and assist the children of Southwest Florida in their personal battles, by donating the proceeds raised to Barbara’s Friends.

The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is building a new 292,000 square foot, 128-bed children’s hospital on the campus of Health Park Medical Center.  The new hospital, when completed in 2017, will stand as a lasting legacy of a community’s gift to it’s future and a visionary doctor’s passion for treating young patients close to home. The hospital is schedule to open in Spring of 2017.

To date we have raised over $119,000 for Barbara’s Friends. There will be a room named at the new hospital in Ryan’s name and honor.

The 2015 Ryan’s Redfish Challenge teamed up with Grace For Chase in the fight against childhood cancers, and in memory of one of our own local SUPER HEROS – Chase Johnson. Read more about Chase’s Story.  All of last years proceeds, $17,000, were donated to Barbara’s Friends for Grace for Chase.  

This years proceeds will benefit Barbara’s Friends and the family of Timothy Gardner who passed away following an auto accident on January 10, 2016. Tim was a friend of many but a hero to all.  His generosity and time he spent volunteering will leave a lasting mark on our community. Tim’s lifelong joy of helping the youth of North Fort Myers will always be remembered.

We are now seeking event sponsors for the 2016 the 12th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge, which will take place Saturday, May 28, 2016.  Some of you have generously supported Ryan’s Redfish Challenge in the past; for others, this is our first request. Whichever the case, we hope we can count on your support for such an admirable cause. Your tax-deductible donation will be recognized in various ways. Visit our Sponsorship Page for a list of opportunities available this year.