Pedaling for a Cause

Nearly 900 cyclists have traveled from Big Rapids to Dewitt on Saturday.

They're taking part in the 27th annual Wish-A-Mile, or WAM, Bike Tour.

Karen Davis is the President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Michigan. She says it's the organization's largest fundraiser.

"It is critically important to our ability to fulfill our mission. It's a $2 million fundraiser. It's our flagship event, and the WAM community makes wishes come true for kids as they're in the midst of their life-threatening medical condition."

Today is the second day of the three-day event. The cyclists started in Traverse City on Friday. They're riding 100 miles a day.

Together they've raised over $2 million for Make-A-Wish Michigan.

Each of them has their own reason for being a part of the event.

Don Payerle is riding with his son, Ryan Payerle. Don explained, "We have a great friend from back home who was actually honored here two years ago for a wish and to see the impact it had on their family is just so cool."

James Hill is riding with Team Alex. He said, "It's great charity. Great think to be a part of. I was into cycling before, so this seemed like a great way to raise money."

The money raised will help the foundation grant wishes to Michigan kids throughout the year.

"It's kind of the best of the Make-A-Wish world. It's all our supporters coming together - our riders, our volunteers, no matter if you are a cyclist or whether you have time to give, it really shows everybody can get together and make an important difference in our community," Davis explained.

The ride wraps up on Sunday. Riders have 100 miles left to go.

They'll make their final lap around the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.


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