Rob Casalou, President and CEO of SJMHS completes 300-mile Make-A-Wish Foundation bike ride

Rob Casalou crossed the finish line yesterday at 12:30 p.m., after riding more than 300 miles from Traverse City to Chelsea in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation (see previous post for more details about the race).

“It was an emotional ending to one of the best three days I have ever experienced,” said Rob.

 This ultra-endurance event known as WAM (wish a mile) was challenging because of the heat, hills and humidity. Just one mile before the finish line, there was a row of stars in memory of people close to each rider’s heart. Rob honored his father and was inspired beyond words to see a picture of his father along the path to the finish line. Greeting him at the finish line was Rob’s Wish Hero, Jessica, who has been fighting brain cancer. Jessica’s wish was to travel to Hawaii with her mom. Her wish was fulfilled and they had a wondeful time.  Not only did Jessica cheer Rob as he crossesd the finish line, she also presented him with his extraordinary WAM medal.

Rob would love to create a new team for the WAM ride next summer – TEAM ST. JOE’S! Look for more information to come or email if you are interested in joining the team.

“Day two of the WAM ride is in the history books. 113 miles – enjoyable, brutal, exhilarating, exhausting and I would do it again in a heartbeat” states Rob.

At his lunch stop in Greenville, Rob’s daughter, Julie, joined him for a quick lunch and provided her warm smile, supportive words and a much-needed hug to inspire a strong finish. She was the perfect angel appearing at the perfect time.

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