Back in 1990, a young man named Matt asked for a wish to ride in an 18 wheeler and talk to his sister on a CB radio. The request was granted as forty trucks and drivers showed up to make Matt’s dream come true. This is what started the efforts to create the Mother’s Day Convoy that we know and enjoy today.
I am looking forward to attending this year’s Make a Wish event once again to be held in Lancaster, PA on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The convoy has grown with almost 400 trucks participating offering over 100 wish children the opportunity to ride along as passengers. Each year the event brings approximately 5,000 people that come out for a fun filled day to see the trucks, play games, attend an auction, enjoy musicians and savor delicious local foods.
The Mother’s Day Convoy is a day to be proud to drive a truck for a living. I have always enjoyed participating and have done so for many years. Watching these special wish children have fun with their family and friends on a day that is especially set aside for them is truly a joy. The day is made up of volunteers throughout the community and surrounding areas who give their time to make the day special for these kids. This year, ROAD PRO will again sponsor the event and we want to thank them for their tremendous support and participation in making this event possible for all who attend.
Holding the convoy on Mother’s Day is a tradition, but it is also a challenge. This year’s event is taking special notice to recognize the mothers who make the convoy possible each year. The wives and mothers of hundreds of truck drivers must understand that drivers will spend a significant part of “their” day with the convoy. Many volunteers for the event celebrate Mother’s Day by arriving as the sun comes up and work all day until the event is closed. Mothers of wish children forgo “their” celebrations in order to arrive early enough so that their wish child can have the opportunity to ride in the convoy. This year, a group of three women were nominated and will be celebrated on stage. These three moms are a true example of what it means to sacrifice as each has given their time, love and talents in regards to special needs children along with the many contributions to their family and community. You can read about Melissa, Karen and Sandy and learn of their stories on the website. Each will be honored and receive a prize package including a $500.00 shopping gift card, local bed and breakfast stay, dinner, movie and more.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate or donate, please visit philasv.wish.org/convoy. Hope to see you at the convoy. Remember…Money Raised = Wishes Granted!!!