Wilmington Kids to Ride Sunday to Fight Cancer
Pan Mass Kids Ride is slated for Sunday at 9 a.m. at Boutwell School.
Riding bicycles in the spring and summer sun is among the favorite activities for local youths. But this weekend, a group of Wilmington riders will hop on their bikes for more than just fun.
The seventh annual Wilmington Pan Massachusetts Kids Ride is slated for Boutwell Elementary School on Sunday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Participants paid a $15 entry fee and raised a suggested $20 or more in fundraising that will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund.
“I love to see the same children participate year after year, and some become very dedicated to it,” said event organizer Sue Hendee, a physical education teacher in town and also the Wilmington High School girls soccer coach. “We have held the event in the pouring rain and in bright sunshine, and still the kids are all smiles.”
Hendee said the Kids Ride is unique because most fundraising efforts in Wilmington target the adult population rather than area youth.
In addition, Hendee said the event combines fundraising efforts with the importance of staying physically fit. Hendee also said the Kids Ride allows organizers to teach bike safety also.
The adult Pan Mass Challenge takes place over the summer and Wilmington residents participate annually. Hendee also participates, and said she hopes the Kids Ride will encourage the town’s children to participate in the full ride when they are older.
“I truly believe that we have made a difference in cancer research, and that’s what it’s all about,” said Hendee. “They really feel a sense of accomplishment when they finish, and they should.”