ALTON — The second annual Ride for Wishes takes off for a 70-mile ride Sunday, Oct. 4, to help seriously ill children have their wishes come true.
The ride is sponsored by the Southern Illinois Volunteers for Make-A-Wish Illinois to help children in Madison, Jersey, Calhoun and Greene counties. Last year’s inaugural run raised more than $3,000 to help children.
“We hope to build on last year’s success,” said Norma Glazebrook, the principal organizer and a Make-A-Wish volunteer for 20 years. Kathy Eames of Edwardsville, another Make-A-Wish volunteer, is assisting Glazebrook with the run.
Make-A-Wish fulfills wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. In the last year, nearly 700 wishes were granted in Southern Illinois. The average Make-A-Wish cost to make a child’s dream come true is about $6,000. Another $4,000 toward the wish comes from in-kind contributions from airlines and other corporations. Proceeds will be used only for children in Madison, Jersey, Greene and Macoupin counties.
“If you could see the look on a child’s face when you tell them the wish has been granted, you’ll never forget that,” Glazebrook said. “We’re hoping this Ride for Wishes can help Make-A-Wish put smiles on more children’s’ faces.”
On Sunday, Oct. 4, riders will meet some of the wish recipients and their families as well as children waiting for their wishes, all from the area.
Rain or shine, the 70-mile ride begins at noon at Ted’s Motorcycle World, 4301 Humbert Road, Alton. Pre-registration is available at www.ride4wishesillinoischildren.com.The cost is $25 per person in advance. The cost will be $30 the day of the ride. Each participant will receive a commemorative patch and a goody bag.
A blessing of the bikes and a salute to armed forces will precede the ride.
The non-stop ride ends at the Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, 3109 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, where participants will be treated to free hot dogs, pulled pork from Carver’s barbecue, brats, slaw and chips. A cash bar will be available. Activities at the club include auctions, a 50-50 drawing and attendance prizes.
People who would like to be a sponsor, donate prizes or help in any other way have until Sept. 25. For information, go to www.ride4wishesillinoischildren.com or contact Norma Glazebrook at (618) 462-0315 or Mike Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (618) 466-4188.