Wishes on Wheels convoy rolls out to raise money for Make-A-Wish CT

Drivers are starting an 11 mile ride as part of the Wishes on Wheels event today in East Hartford.
Published: Oct. 2, 2022 at 3:15 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2022 at 12:25 AM EDT
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) - Drivers are starting an 11 mile ride as part of the Wishes on Wheels event today in East Hartford.

500 trucks gathered at Rentschler Field on Sunday to raise money for Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

The truck convoy, called Wishes on Wheels, is an annual event that has raised close to $2 million for Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

The money raised at these types of fundraisers goes to help grant wishes for kids with critical illnesses.

“These children are faced with situations we’ll never understand and we want to provide a day for them,” said Tanya Schultz, a volunteer.

Wish kids also got the chance to ride in a truck along with their families.

“Wishes on Wheels is an incredible event that our wish families look forward to each year,” says Pam Keough, the president, and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

Nicki Eklund is a wish kid.

He had Kawasaki disease, a rare heart condition.

In 2014 he wanted to go to Disney World, and thanks to money raised by Wishes on Wheels, he went.

“Amazing. Life changing. It was one of the best moments of my entire life,” said Nick.

Keough says that the power of a wish can help bring joy to a child at a time when they need it most.

“Wishes give kids the hope and the strength to fight their illnesses and we are so thankful to Wishes on Wheels for the wishes this event helps fund every year,” says Keough.

This was the 23rd Wishes on Wheels truck convoy.

In the last 22 years, more than 1.8 million dollars have been raised for CT children.

The goal today was $110,000 to get over the 2 million dollar mark. That money will go to granting nearly 200 wishes for CT kids.

Kim Lumia is on the Make a Wish Connecticut board.

She says many kids just wish to help others.

“There’s so many kids that wish to do something for somebody else. That’s pretty impressive,” said Lumia.

If you are interested in donating to Make-A-Wish, click here.