Ryan and Hattie Wilkinson
First Wildwood Challenge: 1998
When Ryan Wilkinson's father told him he might be a bit too
young to participate in the Pan-Mass challenge, the undeterred
seven-year-old decided he would organize his own charity ride.
A few month's later, in June 1998, Ryan and his sister Hattie
led 14 neighborhood kids though 25 laps around the block.
Their efforts netted $1,000 for the Pan-Mass Challenge. In
2004, 96 friends and classmates pedaled the course to raise
$17,000; the Wildwood Challenge has generated over $50,000
in its first seven years. "My sister and I learned important
lessons about charity, both at home and at church," says Ryan,
who hopes to ride the PMC once he reaches the minimum age.
"But there is a stereotype in these lessons, that only adults
are capable of helping people. We started this event to show
that kids can help people too."
"Try your hardest and bring a water bottle."
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