July 16, 2018 ~ The 9th annual Children’s Wish Ride for Wishes was held in Springdale this past Saturday.
Each year the Ride for Wishes sends a line of ATVs roaring through Springdale and off to a cove for a picnic. The aim is to raise money to grant wishes. The riders get sponsors to meet that fundraising goal.
This year 18 ATVs roared through Springdale. And the riders were very successful in their effort, raising a whopping $12,700.
The group met at Springdale Stadium, and at 10:00 AM a Springdale Volunteer Fire Department escort took them right down Main Street to the East End.
MHA Brian Warr stopped by and addressed the group of riders before they left Springdale Stadium.
Also on hand was Peyton Toms of King’s Point. Tough little two-year-old Peyton has been a frequent visitor to the Janeway. Her family recently learned that Peyton has been granted a wish from Children’s Wish.
Reports are that they plan to go to Disney World sometime after Peyton finishes her treatments.
The Ride for Wishes was organized by volunteers, including Everett and Brenda Butt of Springdale. (Pictured at very top with Peyton Toms and her brother.)
Each year riders come from across Green Bay, and this year from Baie Verte too.
More people are stepping up to put a smile on the face of a child like Peyton. The Ride for Wishes in Springdale is growing and it had 7 new riders this year.
Next year will mark the 10th Ride for Wishes and it’s a good bet that will be the biggest Wish ride ever in Green Bay.
It’s also a good bet that Jackson’s Cove’s Chester Batstone will be there next year for the 2019 ride. Chester has been on all of the 9 annual rides … every single ride whether in rain or sun.
He pins a Children’s Wish button to his hat each year.
When asked why he does it, he replied:
“…the little children, that’s what I do it for. I’ve seen them when they’ve been granted a wish and their face breaks abroad, you know, they’re so happy […] And it helps their families…
So I do what I can do to help out…”
For over three decades, the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has been filling the wishes of kids between the ages of 3 and 17. These are kids that have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses, and the Foundation’s Impact Study pointed out the benefits of having a wish granted. The Children’s Wish website, www.childrenswish.ca, states:
“Wishes have a positive and lasting impact on wish children and their families, beyond the experience of the actual wish. Wishes help to aid the overall healing process, provide a distraction that helps children cope with the emotional and physical stress of treatment, improve family cohesion, and inspire wish children in long-lasting ways.”