Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre returned to Wisconsin Saturday to help in the fight against childhood cancer by participating in a 100 mile bicycle ride.
Favre attended the 27th Annual Trek 100 Ride for Hope which benefits Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, The MACC Fund.
The event drew a large crowd, which Favre said didn’t surprise him.
“I’m not surprised a bit. This is Wisconsin,” Favre said.
The MACC Fund is a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization that provides nearly $3 million in research support every year to the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Wisconsin Institute of Medical Research, according to the organization’s website.
To date, the organization has already donated more than $53 million dollars to research.
“The Trek 100 Ride for Hope has been a huge part of that raising almost $13.2 million in its 26-year history,” MACC Fund’s website states.
The event benefiting children was sponsored by Trek Bicycle Corporation which is located in Waterloo, located about 25 miles from Madison.
Holly Graf Barnish and her family just happened to be in the right place at the right time and ended up being about five feet away from Favre during the event.
Graf Barnish who lives in the Madison area says she was out for for a walk with her family and ran into some friends who were participating in the event.
"We heard Brett Favre was going to be here so we stood on the shoulder of the road and waited," Graf Barnish said.
Within minutes, Favre showed up. "Wow, he's in amazing shape," Graf Barnish noted.
Labeling the event as "cool and for such an amazing cause," Graf Barnish said her family now has a goal to participate in a future event.