Bill Windhorst

Julie Windhorst
Karie Jones
Rick Jones
Stephanie Kerner
Paul Costanza
Jenna Kopp



Sheila Jones
Doris Mulligan
Bill Stimpson
Don Windhorst
Patrick Schutter

 
 

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Most of the thousands of miles I have ridden over the years have been for pleasure and to accomplish goals of my own. By getting involved with WAM, it gives my riding a real purpose that is not about me. Riding for Team Sammy has allowed me to help personal friends give back to an organization that helped them when they needed it.

Bill Windhorst (BTBB)

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First and foremost I ride to be with my best friend and husband Bill (BTBB: Bill the Biking Bull) to share new and adventurous experiences with him. We have been tandem cycling since 1986 when we purchased our first tandem. It is a sport that we love very much and are passionate about. The benefit from our sport is we get an abundance of exercise on a regular basis and it allows us to enjoy our life riding with wonderful friends while meeting new ones. There are many of life’s lessons learned and one of those is giving back. Cycling has allowed me this opportunity to build in fundraising efforts to give back to a very worthy Foundation such as Make-A-Wish of Michigan. Make-A-Wish is there to help children, and their families get through some very difficult times dealing with life threatening medical illnesses. I am very proud to be a member of “Team Sammy.” It has helped me warm my heart to know I am giving back and making a difference.

Julie Windhorst

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Team Sammy was formed in honor of my nephew Sammy, who lost his battle with DIPG (a form of brain cancer). Sammy was granted his Wish, and Make-A-Wish sent his family to Disney World. My brother and sister-in-law invited myself and my parents to go as well.  It was a bittersweet trip, as we knew Sammy had only months to live, but it was wonderful. It allowed Sammy, and all of us, to have an amazing trip together, and make some memories that will last a lifetime.

I have supported Team Sammy since the team was formed, by volunteering and helping in fundraising efforts. I decided to actually get on a bike and ride with my team in 2011.  Ride....300 miles in 3 days!!!  Keep in mind, I had not ridden a bike in over 20 years.  You are probably wondering what made me want to do it, or even think that I could.  Well, there were many reasons.  I wanted the opportunity to raise even more money for the children, and to be part of something truly amazing. I have witnessed the dedication of all the riders as a bystander, but I wanted to be a bigger part of it. I had always respected the riders on Team Sammy immensely for all the work they put into it, and I wanted to be part of that.  This decision not only gave me something to be proud of, it also made my parents and team very happy!  It also changed my life forever. 

The experience was truly amazing.  There are hundreds of volunteers, and close to 800 cyclists!  The support is amazing. Imagine, all those cyclists, and volunteers banding together for one common cause!  Those 300 miles were not easy, (that is the understatement of the year!)  But I did it!     Crossing that finish line, and getting my medal was the biggest accomplishment for me thus far in my life.  The pride I felt was overwhelming.  I physically accomplished something pretty incredible.  I rode for Sammy.  I got to ride with my Dad and my team.  Most important, I was a part of raising a lot of money for children who need wishes.  Team Sammy received an award for the 3rd biggest fundraiser for Small Teams.  Small but MIGHTY we are! 
This will be my 5th year riding, 300 very long and extremely rewarding miles.  I ride for Sammy and I ride for all of the children who still need wishes.  2015 here we come...thank you for helping support myself and Team Sammy!

Karie Jones

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In December of 2006, the family was in Memphis, Tn.,  where Sam was being treated at St. Jude.  Make-A-Wish had just granted Sam a wish.  I knew at once that I had to be part of the MAW tour to grant wishes for other kids.  I had known about and had donated to MAW for the past four or five years.  This has now become my cause. 

Team Sammy was formed to help family’s know that we care about them and we are here to help them have some fun while going through the hardest part of their life.  Angel Sammy is the leader of our team, and this is how we try to move forward with our fund raising

Rick Jones

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For over 40 years, I've participated in running and biking events from marathons to 100 mile bikes rides.  In 2004, I was asked to join some friends in a 3 day/300 mile bike tour for the Make A Wish Foundation known as the WAM (Wish A Mile).  I thought why not use my abilities to help the kids.  Since then, I've ridden for children with life threatening conditions such as cancer, heart and immune disorders such to name a few.  The generous donations have helped make dreams come true for the kids and their families, giving them something fun to focus on rather than always thinking about the next medical treatment required to keep them alive.  I've met so many great people on this quest to help the kids that the minute I cross the finish line I'm thinking about next years WAM.

Paul Costanza

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Hi my name is Jenna. This is my first year riding the Wish-A-Mile and joined Team Sammy. I'm an avid cyclists and thought, "why not!" So I signed up with my best buddies team.

Jenna Kopp

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I am Stephanie Kerner. This will be my 2nd year riding for Team Sammy and have been cycling for over 7 years. I did the WAM for the first time 5 years ago. I am a mountain bike racer and do road races. During my free time I have done 3 half marathons and 3 fulls. I have also done 2 goruck challenges and one goruck light. These challenges are military based events which can last 6-13 hours.

Stephanie Kerner

   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

   

 

 

This is why I encourage and support "Make A Wish". Team Sammy was formed after my 5 year old angel grandson earned his wings from a brainstem tumor know as DIPG. Sam's wish, to go to Disney. He had a wonderful time, giggles, rides and stayed at "Give Kids the World" also arranged by Make A Wish. I know all too well what a "Wish" granted to a child means to the child and his/her family. A vacation away from doctors, phone calls, blood draws...for their time away also allows a normal life, one in which they can forget the negatives and enjoy being a family.

Always Sammy's Grammie

Sheila Jones

 

 

   

I volunteer because my ability to ride is not effective anymore. So to give of myself in other ways makes me feel whole and useful. The loss of little Sammy also affected me and my envolment with Wam is a good way of remembering this brave little boy.

I AM WAM

Doris Mulligan