Cal’s Angels, the Chicago-based nonprofit with a mission to raise awareness, grant wishes and fund childhood cancer research, has announced the route for their annual “War On Wheels” ride that takes cyclists from Mount Rushmore to St. Charles, Illinois will bring
The WOW Riders begin the nearly 1,000-mile, 14-day trek up Mount Rushmore on Tuesday, September 28, and finish at Cal’s Angels headquarters on Monday, October 11.
“The WOW Ride is a very special event and shows how far we want to go to provide the best treatment for children battling cancer,” said Stacey Wahlberg, co-founder and president of Cal’s Angels. “The riders have all been affected by childhood cancer in one way or another, so for them this ride is an opportunity to shed light on this, support their loved ones and continue the conversation about improving childhood cancer treatment through of more funds and new laws.”
The WOW ride grew out of a daring brainstorming session by business owner and philanthropist Glen Galloway.
This year, the cyclists will cover a minimum of 80 miles per day, ending with last-century (100-plus miles) rides from the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
Among the riders are founder Glen Galloway, Cal’s Angels board member and parent of stage 4 cancer survivor Brad Beetham, and Cal’s board chairman Ryan Phillips.
Since the cross-country ride began in 2019, WOW Riders have ridden more than 3,000 miles to raise awareness for the ongoing battle and fight for a cure for childhood cancer.
The physical and mental battles the riders face during the rides are all worth it knowing they contribute to the ongoing support Cal’s Angels provides for children battling the life-threatening illness.
In addition to their fundraising events, Cal’s Angels has also partnered with state representative Seth Lewis (R-Bartlett) to introduce Cal’s law, which aims to make diagnostic testing more accessible to pediatric cancer patients.
Currently, the bill has been passed by the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate and now goes to Governor Pritzker’s office for his signature.
Visit www.calsangels.org/wow/ to find out how you can support riders, give to Cal’s Angels or sponsor the 2021 ride.
Cal’s Angels is a 501(c)(3) pediatric cancer foundation in St. Charles, Illinois, founded in 2007 after Cal Sutter lost his battle with acute myeloid leukemia in 2006.
During his treatment, Cal always cared more about others than about himself. His kindness was the inspiration behind a foundation that would grant wishes, raise awareness and fund research to help children battling cancer.
Cal’s Angels has many programs that help children fight cancer, including Wish Granting/Financial Assistance, 12 Days of Christmas, Fantasy Flight, Comfort Kits, and monthly hospital parties. Join them to help children fighting cancer!
To learn more about the many ways to help, visit www.calsangels.org and follow @CalsAngels on social media.