Thomas Burgess

Big Rapids, MI

#1 Apr 23, 2009
My name is Thomas-Jay Burgess I live in Big Rapids, I just turned 15 yrs. old. I am a type 1 diabetic, some days I think I have it pretty bad, I receive insulin from my pump every 15 minutes. I know that many kids are worse off than me.

I have a pursuit for happiness. My pursuit is to make other people happy!

Last year one of my friends was diagnosed with brain cancer. The last 15 months, has been really bad for him and his family

I do not know if you have heard of Make-A–Wish. Here in Michigan we have a ride called WAM. It is a 3 day bike ride, 300 miles, 100 miles a day and all the money I raise will go to Make-A-WISH. We have at least 16 kids in Mecosta County this year with some form of cancer.
Make-A-Wish cost about $8,000 a wish, multiply that by 16 that equals $128,000, WOW!

For the last 2 yrs. my sister and youngest cousin put up a free water and food station for the riders. Some of them were riding for their own child, some were riding for family or a friend of the family. Some were riding and hoping the child they were riding for would be alive by the end of their ride. Some kids go to the Lord before their wish is ever granted. Please help me help others.
I need to raise $750 by July 1, 2009. I’m trying to get a team to ride with me, so far I think I have Chase Gibson on my team. If you would like to be on my team please let me know.
Me $750.00, me and a friend $1,500.00, me and two friends $2,225.00
We are trying to get an auction and pig roast for June 6, 2009 at Grant Center Township Hall.

Please take time to pray for me and my team, that we will be able to make the whole 300 miles.

This July 23-26, I will be joining more than 1,000 cyclists and volunteers traveling 300 miles through Michigan communities for the Wish-A-Mile® 300 Bicycle Tour to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Michigan.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan has 600 medically eligible children waiting for wishes this year, and with your support, we can make an important difference in these children’s lives.
The Wish-A-Mile 300 is striving to raise enough funds to grant the wishes of 250 Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions. In order to reach that goal, each rider must raise $2,000. I am asking for your support in the form of a monetary donation. With your help, we can bring hope, strength and joy to courageous wish children in our community
I am riding in honor of my wish hero that I do not know yet. But as soon as I do. You will also know.
You can learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation by visiting the Wish-A-Mile Web site, www.wishmich.org/wam . Search for my name under the “Donate/Search for Participant”. If you would like to support my fundraising efforts, you can donate online, by phone (800.622.9474) or by printing and mailing a donation form, which is available on my personal fundraising page.
Thomas Burgess Mecosta’s Dream Team

This year marks the 22nd Wish-A-Mile 300. In those years, it has grown to be the single-biggest Make-A-Wish® fundraising event in the country, and I am proud to participate. You can learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation by visiting its Web site at www.wishmich.org .
Thank you in advance for your generosity and for helping to share the power of a wish®!
Sincerely,
Thomas Burgess
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