Hundreds of truckers showed up despite the rain this year to take part in the 29th annual Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy event, hosted every year on Mother’s Day. The event has set a Guinness World Record three times for “The World’s Longest Truck Convoy.”
The event began back in 1990 when a young Make-A-Wish child, Matt, had his wish granted to take a ride in a semi-truck and talk to his sister over the CB radio. Since then, the event has been hosted every year on Mother’s Day and has grown by leaps and bounds.
The event is primarily a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year’s event raised a record $453,000. The fundraising goal for this year is $500,000.
While official numbers haven’t been released yet, estimates put the total number of trucks for this year at over 500, and the attendees at over 5,000. In total, 125 wish kids rode the 26-mile route around Lancaster County.
According to event organizers, most of the money is raised by the truckers themselves. One driver, Lenny Heiser, is a veteran of the event. For the past seven years, he’s given a ride to the same wish kid. This year, he told Lancaster Online that as of the event he had raised $3,897.78, with more still coming in.
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