Henry Albert, an OOIDA senior member from Statesville, N.C., has volunteered to be a part of the Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Convoy in Lancaster, Pa., for eight years.
And Albert plans to be involved again this year.
“I have been in the convoy eight years, and I do it because it’s a great cause,” Albert said in a news release. “The kids make it worth all the effort of being there.”
Last year, Albert drove Justin Perales, who was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage caused by a congenital defect, in the annual convoy. According to the convoy’s organizers, Perales will again ride with Albert on May 14.
Perales will be one of more than 100 children who ride in the convoy. A year ago, the convoy claimed to have 590 trucks involved and is under review for earning the Guinness World Record for largest parade of trucks. According to Guinness World Records, the current record holder’s event took place in 2004 in the Netherlands and had 416 trucks involved.
Eddie Perales, Justin’s father, said it was an emotional moment to see his son waving from a cab of a big rig.
“He was almost dead,” Eddie Perales said. “And look at him now, waving to everyone and offering hope to other families.”
Now 11, Justin was 7 years old when he collapsed during a family trip in 2013. He was placed into an induced coma for three weeks, surviving a second hemorrhage and several operations. More surgeries and therapy followed, but Eddie said that Justin is progressing.
The 2016 convoy generated more than $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish of Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley chapter.
For information on how to donate or volunteer by driving in the convoy, go to the chapter’s website.
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