LIVONIA, Mich. - For the past 11 years, John Cahillane, 6R assembler, Livonia Transmission Plant (LTP), has participated in the Wertz Warriors Annual Snowmobile Endurance Ride – a 900-mile, seven-day ride touring northern Michigan.
The ride was started by Vic Wertz, a former Detroit Tiger and Michigan Hall of Fame member. In 1981, Wertz set out and succeeded to enlist many of his friends to help him generate the money needed to fund the Winter Games for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Their goal was to create an endurance snowmobile ride throughout northern Michigan, which would help to raise awareness as well as funds for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI).
“I was blessed with four healthy kids, and I want to give something back,” Cahillane said. “Being a part of the Wertz Warrior ride has become an important part of my life over the years.”
This year’s ride took place Feb. 5 through 11. Even though they didn’t have much snow, Cahillane, along with more than 50 other snowmobile riders and a 30-person support crew, were able to ride 156 miles and still raised their annual goal of $285,000.
For more information on SOMI or the Wertz Warrior Ride, visit http://www.somi.org/x371.xml.