Hearing the words, “Your child has a critical illness”, is a parent’s worst nightmare. In their darkest moments, they wonder where they will find the strength to help their child fight the incomprehensible. Enter the “Make a Wish Foundation”. Their mission is to improve the physical and emotional health of critically ill children and support their parents as they battle seemingly impossible odds. Its goal is to provide hope and joy, making the impossible seem possible. Research has shown that wishes help children believe that they can live with their disease and possibly overcome their illness. Positive thinking is a powerful ally in the fight against a debilitating disease.

The RIMM (Riding in Mississippi Mills) Rovers, a local cycling group, (rimmrovers@gmail.com) decided that one ride a year would be dedicated to a charity close to the heart of one of our riders. Ingrid Hamster chose this year’s deserving organization and set about collecting pledges. Our ride to Carp is always saved for late in our cycling season as it is our longest (although for those of us with ebikes, a little less daunting than in the past). As it turned out, it was a beautiful day with hints of fall in the air and a perfect day to celebrate Ingrid’s fundraising goals. As we sat in the bright sunshine and shared delicious take-out lunches from Alice’s Village Café at the picnic tables behind the restaurant, Ingrid announced that $500.00 had been raised with more pledges to come.

The world, and especially those dealing with adversity can always use a little more hope to fight the good fight.