We are at mile 93. Home stretch for day 1. The hills were tough with the “wall hill” at mile 90 – cruel but we persevered! ~ Rob Casalou
Team Joe’s members gathered early this morning at the MIS Speedway to
begin the the journey to Traverse City East Middle School that serves as
home base for the beginning of this year’s Wish-A-Mile (WAM) 3 day, 300
mile cycling tour. This year, we have 18 riders doing the 300 mile tour
and 2 doing the WAM 50 which takes place on Sunday. We have many new WAM riders this year and everyone is excited and nervous at the same time.
But, when we see why we are riding, for our wish kids, the emotions shift
to excitement and motivation.
We are riding to create wishes and Team Joe’s beat the goal of raising $50,000 that will support at least 6 wishes for Michigan kids in the coming year. Along with all the WAM riders, WAM will raise $2 million for wishes. This makes 300 miles seem like nothing.
After we arrived at the middle school, it was time to prepare the bikes
for the morning, get our bags and get organized. Some of our members
pitched tents at the middle school choosing to “rough it”. Some of us
reserved hotels and took a WAM shuttle to check in. Some of us stuck
around the school to participate in various orientation activities. I am
lucky that my daughter Julie is a WAM volunteer and I will see her
throughout the 3 days! Then, we all ate a high carb dinner and set off to
get some much needed rest.
We gather tomorrow morning for a 5:45am breakfast and a goal to hit the road by 6:30. Our first day is full of
hills and many think it is our hardest day of riding. Distance is 98.3 miles
the first day. Weather forecast looks excellent with the exception of a
strong crosswind that I hope becomes a tailwind on the second half of the
Thanks to all who have supported Team Joe’s with donations to one of our riders or to the team. We will be carrying you in our thoughts along the
The WAM riders have set up camp at Travers City East Middle School. Team Joe’s feels better knowing there are board-certified bike doctors along the way!
Here is Rob Casalou and his daughter, Julie, who is a WAM volunteer.
Some Team Joe’s members, like Mike Prisby from system office, decided to pitch tents for the night rather than a hotel. Here is Mike trying to figure out his tent (stick to Finance Mike!) LOL
A glimpse at over 800 bikes ready to roll tomorrow morning!!
Team Joe’s is on its way north to the starting line of the 27th Wish-a-Mile 300 benefiting the Wish Kids of the Make a Wish Foundation. Throughout the three-day ride, CEO Rob Casalou and 17 Team Joe’s cyclists will post updates, photos and stories to this blog. They appreciate any words of encouragement and inspiration to push through the trek.
Here is the first post:
Team Joe’s is on it’s way to Traverse City!! The team gathered at MIS Speedway this morning and loaded on buses for the ride north. The weather is perfect and spirits are high. This year, 18 of us are riding the 3-day, 300 mile event and we have 2 riding the 50-mile event on Sunday. We are close to our team goal of raising $50,000 to support our wish kids!! We all say hi to all our friends and colleagues back at St. Joe’s. Please send your prayers for good weather, a strong tailwind and for the safety of all the 850 riders who are riding for wishes.
(Above photo) Ready to Ride: A bus takes the team north to Midland for WAM. Pictured from left: Alex Bradley, Rosalie Tocco-Bradley, Ed Jones, Dave McNeil and Lee Benjamin.
Ah, the great outdoors. We froze through the polar vortex and finally the payoff – A pure Michigan summer. Here’s my advice: Wrap your arms around it because it’ll be gone in the blink of an eye. Make your list of 10 things you want to do outside and knock them out one at a time. Go catch some fireflies, spend an hour tonight stargazing, eat a delicious, fresh peach, plan a romantic picnic, lay in a hammock and do nothing at all…
This isn’t about being lazy, it’s about taking care of your health. Study after study attests to the powers of Mother Nature and the benefits of natural light. It’s a mood booster. I remember a study that showed patients in the hospital with a window view of the outdoors experience a quicker recovery. So in the interest of good health, get outside.
Sunlight on your skin gives you a boost of vitamin D but, if you’re like most Americans, you’ll spend 90% of your life indoors. And the older we get, the less likely we are to step outside. People over 50 generally need higher amounts of vitamin D. Studies have suggested that Vitamin D can help you battle depression, fight off heart disease and osteoporosis.
But with all the warnings we hear on the news of the dangers lurking in your backyard, it’s a wonder we go out at all. Sure, we need to be aware but not so fearful that we never venture out the front door.
“Give yourself a good dose of the sunshine vitamin during these summer months but don’t overdo it; moderation is always the key,” says Dr. Ann Lafond of Canton Dermatology. “Sunblock is a good idea when you’re spending long periods of time outdoors – especially midday.”
Dr. Lafond says vitamin D from sunlight is more effective than supplements. “When we take the proper precautions, the benefits of sunlight far outweigh the risks.”
Once you commit to more time outdoors, you can’t help but feel better. If you’re spending less time at your computer or in front of the television, chances are you’ll spend more time walking, bicycling, swimming. Just get moving. It’s sure to give your health a boost.
Humans were meant to be out in nature. It’s important to see green and smell flowers and jump in fresh water. And lucky for us, Michigan is a water wonderland. This is your chance. Don’t waste it. We’ll be back to the polar vortex in no time!
Sleep is necessary for a child’s optimal functioning. A lack of sleep affects every aspect of a child’s development and can cause medical, psychiatric, behavioral and developmental problems.
Symptoms of a sleep-deprived child include lack of focus or concentration, aggressive behaviors, hyperactivity or reduced school performance. Learn more about Pediatric Sleep Services.
Proper sleep is crucial for development and learning, but children who snore may have sleep apnea or a tonsil issue blocking their airway. It’s important to remember that children who lack sleep don’t necessarily act sleepy. Unlike adults, kids don’t get tired during the day, they become hyperactive and can be misdiagnosed with ADHD and put on medications they don’t need.
Led by our board-certified pediatric sleep specialist, Dr. Katherine DeRue, we will evaluate your child for a number of sleep concerns, such as snoring, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or daytime sleepiness. Based on your child’s symptoms, they may need a sleep study.
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s Sleep Disorder Center provides a full range of services for children:
Ages 3 years and up:
- Evaluation of suspected obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or other sleep disordered breathing
- Non-surgical treatment of known OSA or other sleep disordered breathing
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- Circadian Rhythm disorders
Ages 6 months and up:
- Behavioral sleep problems
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