Hundreds Participate in Bike Tour For Make-A-Wish Foundation

Hundreds of people riding bikes across the state, all for one cause — to help grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

The 28th annual Michigan Wish-A-Mile bike tour began on Friday.  

It’s put on by Make-A-Wish Michigan.

Cyclists started in Traverse City around six Friday morning and will ride 300 miles over the next three days.  

They will end in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Meet Team Taylor.

The group is made up of 89 cyclists — all riding for the same goal.

“I ride for Taylor and the wish kids. I always tell people use what motivates you and Taylor is what motivates me,” said Rob Grainger, Taylor’s dad.

Taylor Grainger lost her life in 2007 at the age of 14.

"She had heart problems. She had hypoplastic left heart syndrome and had three open heart surgeries,” said Grainger. “One day at the baseball field, she was watching her brother and she had a cardiac arrest.”

She passed away before her wish to go Hawaii and swim with the dolphins was granted.

Today, her family and friends ride in her memory.

“She would think this is amazing because like I said she was very giving and spirited person. She would just think this is crazy,” said Grainger.

Cyclist Keri Bosker rides to say thank you.

"I can't thank everyone enough who does it because I was that parent,” said Bosker. “I didn't even know about the ride until a year after and that's when I said it's going to be really hard, but I'm going to do it."

Keri's daughter, Kaylie was granted her wish to go to Disney World in 2009.

“She was born with neuroblastoma — it's a cancer and she's good now. We just went for our yearly screening on it and she’s still good,” said Bosker.

Both parents say the ride is all for the kids.

"I'll be crying at the first turn thinking about Taylor. I haven't been able to start without having some tears thinking about her and this. This event helps puts smiles on kid's faces,” said Grainger.

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