Bicycling for a Cause

pictureBIG RAPIDS – The Ferris State University campus will be filled with cyclists as the Wish-A-Mile 300 Bicycle Tour rolls into town on Friday, July 25.

Affectionately known by riders and volunteers as WAM, the bike tour is a three-day, 300-mile bicycle ride from Traverse City to Chelsea, Mich., to raise funds and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. More than 800 cyclists and volunteers will arrive in Big Rapids on Friday afternoon, the first stop on their journey from Traverse City.

“Ferris State University has been so welcoming to us,” says Stephanie Goetz, development team leader for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. “Everyone has been so wonderful, we just keep coming back,” she says.

According to Cindy Horn, interim director of University Recreation, cyclists and volunteers will have dinner on campus, and many riders will roll out their sleeping bags to stay overnight at the Student Recreation Center and the Rankin Center. Others will pitch tents outside and some will venture into Big Rapids to stay at one of the local hotels.

WAM is celebrating 21 years of making Michigan children's wishes come true. Last year they raised enough funds to grant 167 wishes to children facing life-threatening medical conditions. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan expects to raise $1.5 million this year to grant 200 wishes.

24 July, 2008