Back in 2002, the Truck Convoy for Wishes had 22 trucks and a plan to grow bigger. Just eight years later, thanks in part to truckers like OOIDA Member Bob Dinsmore of Frederick, MD, the upcoming convoy in May is expecting 10 times as many trucks and donations.
The banner on this truck speaks volumes for OOIDA Member Bob Dinsmore and others who raise money for the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation Truck Convoy for Wishes in Gettysburg, PA.
Dinsmore, a former over-the-road driver now driving part-time for Frock Brothers Trucking in New Oxford, PA, raised $4,000 this year. It will be his fourth time participating in the nine-year history of the Make-A-Wish Foundation event. This year’s convoy is scheduled for May 2, starting at Battlefield Harley Davidson.
“It is quite a sight to see this many trucks gathered together for such a great cause. I'm not sure who has more fun though, the kids or the drivers,” Dinsmore said. “Just seeing all these kids, with all their problems and illnesses, smiling and having a great time around all the big trucks is an indescribable feeling.”
Dinsmore is one of about 225 truckers expected to participate this year. The majority have children and guardians on board from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“We have banners on the trucks that say ‘Wish Child on Board.’ We blow air horns and have a blast,” Dinsmore told Land Line. “The community is very supportive as well.”
For his fundraising efforts, Dinsmore said he will drive his company truck in third spot for the convoy, which he considers a special honor.
To learn more about the convoy and related fundraising efforts benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation, log on to www.truckconvoyforwishes.com/.
– By David Tanner, associate editor