Team Will meets up with a hero

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Team Will hoists a hero. Team Will hoists a hero. MARGATE – Team Will traveled a long way to meet a hero. On Tuesday, a dozen bicyclists who traveled 3,300 miles to raise money and awareness about pediatric cancer ended their journey on the beach in front of Lucy the Elephant. There to meet them was Margate’s hero, little Danny Feltwell, 6, a tough cookie who thumbed his nose at cancer, and about 75 of his supporters.

Team Will left San Francisco on June 21 and traveled to Lake Tahoe, across Nevada to Salt Lake City, down to Denver, across to St. Louis, on to Wilimington, Del., and across the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the Margate shore, where they dipped their front tires into the Atlantic Ocean.

Team Will Go the Distance 2014 raises money to give hope to families affected by childhood cancers. The team stopped at 12 hospitals along the way to meet up with their heroes – the children who are fighting against the most dreaded disease.

“DuPont was the most heart wrenching,” said Greg Hadfield, a physician from Napa Valley who made the cross country trek and tended to a few minor injuries along the way.

“One little girl broke our hearts saying she would be thinking about us,” rider Tina McCardle of Sacramento said.

“Our big mission is to make sure the families can get what they need so they can be with their kids. There’s research money out there, but we’re more about helping families,” Hadfield said.

Mayor Michael Becker proclaimed July 1 “Team Will Day” in Margate City. He thanked the team for the miracle of their journey.

“But there’s another miracle today and that’s the appearance of Danny. When you think of where he’s been, in hospitals for 30 months, prognosis nill. He’s a fighter, he’s our hero,” Becker said.

Commissioner Maury Blumberg presented the team with the green and white flag of Margate City.

“When you think of it, it is absolutely amazing what they did, but that pales in comparison of what young Danny went through. He made it. He’s a gift from God,” Becker said.

Ken Scarberry, the leader of the pack, said he had friends whose son was going through chemotherapy for pediatric cancer.

“We knew we wanted to do something for their son William Keifer and we enjoyed cycling. So we came up with the idea, why don’t we do something really crazy and ride across the country,” he said. “We wanted to raise awareness along the way.”

Team Will made its fifth cross-country journey this year.

“We’ve been welcomed back to the same hospitals we visited on our first journey. They like us so much, they let us ride our bicycles in the hospital,” Scarberry said.

Joy Kanter of the Margate Recreation Department, who coordinated their arrival, presented the team with a package of “Cards for Kids” made by students in the Eugene A. Tighe and William H. Ross schools that can be distributed in hospitals on their next cross-country journey.

“They were made with lots of love and kindness,” Kanter said.

Danny fought through long and grueling chemotherapy, which ended in 2013. Yesterday, he received the results of his latest blood test.

“He had a perfect blood test and his cancer is in complete remission,” said Eddie Davis of WFPG radio, who befriended Danny’s father, Daniel Feltwell.

“Danny fought, and we have to continue fighting for other children who are affected by this dreaded disease,” Davis said.

One rider, Riley Adams, 20, rode for his sister Eden, who passed away from pediatric cancer in 2006. “When I was 13, I got into cancer advocacy and cycling. I was a member of a club in Columbus, Ohio that raises money for research. But this is a whole different aspect, it’s more like providing help for families,” he said.

Daniel Feltwell said Team Will not only raises awareness, but gives hope to other parents who are dealing with seeing their children go through hell to get better.

“What Team Will does, does help. I’m blessed to have my son today,” Daniel Feltwell said.

 

 


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