Stephen and Meghan Wood are getting pumped up for the AngelRide race on Memorial Day weekend by training on their bikes. But they also need to raise money in order to participate, which is why they were camped out in front of the Darien Toy Box on Friday selling baked goods.
AngelRide was started by the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp , which provides activities for children with life-threatening illnesses. The funds raised will go to the camp's Hospital Outreach Program , which brings the activities to kids who are too sick to leave the hospital. Stephen and Meghan got a chance to visit the camp.
"It was stunning," Stephen said. He thought many of the camp's activities, such as the zipline, were cool, but he also understands the important service it provides. "It allows kids to make friends who know what they're going through."
"It gives them hope, not just medicine," Meghan added.
The kids needed $100 to enter the race, and their mom Susan said that it was important that they raise the money on their own rather than relying on people simply giving it to them. They worked all day Thursday baking cupcakes and cookies to sell. She picked in front of the Darien Toy Box because she knew the owner, Bill Jensen . "He's as nice as can be," she said.
Stephen and Meghan will be riding in the six-mile Kids Race. To get ready, they have been training with their dad, who will be riding in the adult race, which covers 135 miles over two days. Neither kid has ridden six miles before, but Stephen didn't think he would have any problem accomplishing it when the time came.
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