Alta’s ‘Ride for a Cause’ to take place July 25th
When people between Alta and Spencer hear the commotion of a caravan consisting of anything on wheels on July 25th, know it is for a good cause. The “Power Solutions 4th Annual Ride for a Cause” will make it a special day for 8-year-old Makenzie Connor of Spencer who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to her family.
Makenzie is the daughter of Heather Marchand and the great-niece of Jane VandeWeerd, Power Solutions’ secretary before she moved away.
The all-wheel ride will start and end in Alta with seven stops in between, and the day will be all about Makenzie. A high point for her will be the drive-by parade past her home. Drivers of cars, trucks, motorcycles and bikes are welcome to join in.
Organizers of the event, Kendra and Derek Wall of Power Solutions in Alta, began the ride when they had friends in need. “We had some family friends who lost their house to a fire,” Kendra Wall said. They organized a fundraiser for them and decided to make it an annual event to help people in the community. The event is publicized mainly by word-of-mouth and on Facebook.
The funds will come in handy for the Connors. ”She has a long road ahead,” Wall said. The doctors said Makenzie will be on chemo treatments for a few years, which means traveling for regular appointments from Spencer to Sioux Falls.
A former recipient of the fundraiser two years ago is 8-year-old Dexter Meseck of Early who was 6 at the time and is still battling a serious illness. He has been in a wheelchair since December, said his mother, Shannon.
That day of the ride was memorable. “He had the best day ever, with everything going on in his life. It was a fun-filled day,” Shannon said, adding that it helped them to get their minds off of everything.
She was impressed with the outpouring of kindness. “It’s great to see the community come together. There are still kind people out there,” Meseck said.
Her son is strong. “If you met him, you’d never know. He has a great spirit about him,” she said. “We just push through.”
She cannot say enough about the Wall’s who she has known for years. “They are wonderful people,” she said.
Proceeds from the fundraisers always go to the families of the children honored.