Everyone has heard the term “bucket list,” but many look at the idea with humor rather than reality.
Norma Glazebrook said she’s taking one thing off her bucket list by organizing the 2014 Ride for Wishes through the Make a Wish Foundation. The foundation works to give children battling a life-threatening illness an opportunity to mark something off their list through fund-raisers and donations. For Glazebrook, working with the foundation is a way to fill her time by giving back to others.
“My husband passed away in 1995 after having open-heart surgery. We did everything together, so I needed a way to fill my time and wanted to do that to benefit others,” Glazebrook said. “In the almost two decades I’ve organized events, I’ve always wanted to put together a ride ... this is one off my bucket list. I’ve never been on a motorcycle; at 82 years old I won’t be riding. At my age, there are so many other ways I can fall down.”
Glazebrook will be at Ted’s Motorcycle World, 4103 Humbert Road in Alton, for registration from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. The ride will travel 63 miles through Jerseyville, Piasa, Shipman, Bunker Hill, Midway, Meadowbrook, Bethalto and Cottage Hills before ending at the Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club in Godfrey, where food will be served at 2 p.m.
“We have a lot of local riders who have children or grandchildren who are actually on the list to receive a wish,” Glazebrook said. “I’ve learned so much about the illnesses these children face through their families. One thing I’ve learned is that it takes 100 days to learn if a bone marrow transplant actually takes and if it’s successful. I had no idea it took that long.”
Children who have received a wish as well as those who are waiting to have their wish granted will be at the event to show participants how their generosity and compassion has affected them.
“It’s wonderful for our participants to actually meet some of these children,” Glazebrook said. “It shows the reality of their situation and puts a face to those on the list.”
A silent action, a Chinese auction, 50/50, and attendance prizes will be awarded at the Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club following the ride.
If you are interested in information or wish to join the ride, the cost is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event. For information, visit www.ride4wishesillinoischildren.com or contact Norma Glazebook at (618) 462-0315.