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Ride for Wishes at Richmond Raceway gives families 'hope and joy'

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Posted at 9:41 PM, Aug 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-08 11:54:15-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Wet weather did not deter this year's Walk For Wishes that transformed into the Ride For Wishes at Richmond Raceway Saturday.

More than 70 cars took laps around the track for the in-person ride.

But this was not a race for first place, but one to support critically ill children across Virginia who are waiting for a life changing wish to be granted.

"It gives them hope and joy and strength to get through the difficult journey they're on no matter their medical condition," Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia President and CEO Sheri Lambert said.

Since its founding in 1987, Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia has granted more than 5,000 wishes for children with critical illnesses.

And even during a pandemic, the wishes keep coming.

In July, three-year-old Holden had his wish come true: a parade in his honor.

Five-year-old Landon received his wish of a shopping spree, 12-year-old Ethan received an all-terrain wheelchair, 8-year-old Joy got a positioning chair and for 12-year-old Chloe, it was the gift of a puppy.

“It's been incredible to see the smiles and the joy that a wish brings to each child and their family,” Lambert said.

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While COVID has made fundraising more challenging, it has not slowed the heart of this mission.

"We are trying to reach 125 wishes by the end of this month, so keep those donations coming," Lambert said.

As of Saturday, more than $105,000 of this year's $160,000 goal had been raised.

Click here to make a donation.

WTVR CBS 6 is a proud sponsor of the event.