A Tradition since 1990

The Convoy, held at Burle Business Park, 1000 New Holland Avenue (Rt.23) Lancaster, is a collection of trucks from across the United States that converge at one location to help raise awareness and funds for Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Northern Delaware & Susquehanna Valley. It’s a day filled with fun for the entire family starting at 8:30 a.m. and all of the money raised stays locally and goes directly to the kids we serve.

The World's Longest Truck Convoy is celebrating Mother's Day and all of the great moms that help make the Convoy possible. 

Holding the Convoy on Mother’s Day is a tradition, but it is also a challenge.  We need the wives and mothers of hundreds of truck drivers to understand that the drivers will share a significant part of “their” day with the Convoy.  We need our volunteers to celebrate Mother’s Day by arriving as the sun comes up and working hard through the afternoon to make the event a success.  And we need the moms of local Wish Kids to forgo breakfast in bed or Sunday brunch so that their child can ride in the Convoy.

In our opinion, the moms that help make the Convoy happen are the best in the world.  In the spirit of celebrating them all, we are sharing the story of three of those moms:

 

Melissa's Story:

Melissa

Melissa was nominated by her friend Kim.  Melissa is a Pediatric Oncology nurse, and she and Kim became friends when Kim's daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia.  “Melissa cared for my little girl just a though she was her own daughter” Kim recalls.

Their friendship flourished as Melissa became a Mom 8 years ago, adopting her son Matthew.  “The day she met “Matty” for the first time, was the best day of her life! 

No sooner did she become a Mom than she found out her precious little boy was profoundly deaf.  It was a devastating day, but she vowed, from that moment on, that she was going to do everything in her power to give Matthew everything he needed and deserved.  Melissa spent her entire maternity leave taking Matthew to appointments and getting therapies set up, but she didn't complain and she didn't lose hope.  This was just life and she was determined to do everything she could for Matty. Melissa became Matthew's best advocate in life.  In addition to being profoundly deaf, tests revealed he had extensive white matter disease, was losing vision, and is now in need of physical therapy.

As most kids are, he has been extremely resilient throughout his short life and those who know him best refer to his amazing outlook on life as "Matty-tude".   Throughout the array of medical and educational exams, tests, and diagnoses, Melissa's attitude has always been to just "keep swimming" with a smile on her face, hope in her heart, and some "Matty-tude"! 

Today, she and her husband are raising two precious children, Matthew and his younger sister Hope.  She continues to work full time as a pediatric oncology nurse, manage all of Matthew's therapies and various appointments, be a mom to 2 active kids, be a wife to her husband and, as Kim attests, she “somehow still finds time to be an amazing friend to all who need her!!!!!” Kim shares “I've been lucky enough to be her friend throughout her whole journey of motherhood.  She has taught me so many life lessons and is always there to encourage me as a Mom, even on her hardest days as a Mom!  She never, ever views herself as “world's best mom”, just a mom who loves her children more than life itself and who would do anything to make them happy and give them the life they deserve. ”

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Karen's Story:

Karen

Karen and her husband Randy (a regular Convoy driver) have 7 children, including some adopted children and one foster child.  Their ages are 17, 15, 12, 9, 8, 7, and 1.  The one year old foster child’s face is intentionally blurred in the photo.

Randy is a Long Haul driver, which means he leaves every Monday morning and does not return until Friday.  That leaves typical “dad” duties, like mowing the lawn, on Karen’s plate.

Karen juggles the household responsibilities (cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.), homeschooling 3 of the children, and many appointments (doctors, dentists, various evaluations, speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc.).  Karen has also worked hard at learning about the effects of early trauma on children, and adjusting to parenting children with various challenges.

Outside the home, Karen teaches Sunday School, coordinates a foster/adoptive mom support group, and helps with the Transport for Christ Lancaster Area Dinner Concert and Truck Rally.  Karen takes care of the bookwork for Randy’s trucking business, and is an Independent Distributor with Young Living.

Karen’s favorite things to do with the kids involve the outdoors--hiking, hanging out around their fire pit, going to the pool, and camping.

And while Karen and Randy are busy taking care of all of their special children, Randy’s father Marvin is busy all year raising money for Make-A-Wish.  As a perineal “Top 30” driver Marvin has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local Wish Children.

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Sandy's Story:

Sandy

Sandy and her daughter Amanda had a Mother’s Day tradition of spending the mid-afternoon sitting along Route 222 in Akron waiting for the convoy to go by. Every year, Sandy made the comment "one day I am going to be part of Make-A-Wish”

In 2015, Amanda decided to make her mother’s wish come true.  Amanda enrolled herself in the Wish Granting training and worked with Make-A-Wish to pave the road for her mother’s enrollment.  On Christmas morning Amanda surprised Sandy with the news that they would soon start granting wishes together.

Sandy is now one of the busiest Wish Granters in the Susquehanna Valley, granting over 20 wishes in under two years.  She's sent families to Disney, on shopping sprees, on cruises, to Hawaii, and more.  Sandy dedicates her time and effort on a daily basis to provide joy to families who have a child dealing with life-threatening medical conditions.

Amanda describes her mom as “Unique, genuine, and supportive of her family, and a queen at providing love and passion to those she meets day in and day out.” The Wish families that Sandy has met through Make a Wish become actual friends, with welcome hugs every time she catches up with them. She is constantly cheering “her” Wish Kids on and sending them happy thoughts through cards and messages. 

Make a Wish has become a part of Sandy and Amanda’s family and every year they are thrilled to be a part of the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy. This year you can find them running one of the games.  While Sandy would say she's not an amazing mother, Amanda says “She is my hero, as she continues to show her passion, creativity, and courage to each and every person that walks into her life”

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The three representatives will each receive a wonderful prize package including $500 worth of gift cards to Rockvale Outlets, a stay at a local Bed and Breakfast compliments of Authentic Bed and Breakfasts of Lancaster County, gift cards for dinner and a movie, and more.

Register as a Driver: NOTE: Online registration will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday May 11th.  After online registration closes you can download a registration form here and bring it with you to the Convoy along with a minimum of $100.00 in donations.