Faces & Places – Team Alex And WAM

The Jewish News
Robert Sklar

Robert Sklar

Alexandra Graham
Alexandra Graham

Before Alexandra Graham, daughter of Susie and Bill Graham of West Bloomfield, died of bone cancer in 1999 at age 17 following a valiant battle, Make-A-Wish Michigan granted her extraordinary wish to create a public service announcement. The PSA urged others to smile, not stare, at seriously ill kids who may look different because of their medical state.

Team Alex, the team of inspired cyclists formed to advance her wish and support wish-granting, marked 20 years July 27-29 cycling in Wish-A-Mile (WAM), Make-A-Wish Michigan’s top annual fundraiser.

Team Alex riders were among nearly 1,000 WAM participants in the 300-mile, three-day trek from Traverse City to southwest Michigan or the 50-mile, one-day route. Both courses finished amid joyous Wish Heroes and their families at Eaton Proving Grounds near Marshall.

Under stalwart captain Beth Brandvain of Farmington Hills, Team Alex grew from 14 to 125 difference-making riders. It has raised $4.5 million, enough for about 950 wishes.

Photos From Team Alex

Susie and Bill Graham flank 20-year riders Warren and Davida Robinson of Franklin and Team Alex Captain Beth Brandvain.
Seven-year rider Dale Garber of Farmington Hills and daughter/five-year rider Jenna Garber of Royal Oak with Team Alex Wish Hero Drew Sepanski
First-year rider Renee Liberman of Royal Oak
Ten-year rider Marcus Helman of Huntington Woods with his custom-made 2017 Randonneur model bike
Team Alex ambassador/longtime team member David Schwartz of Huntington Woods with 13-year rider Dany Saar of West Bloomfield

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