A 9-year-old Orchard Park girl is about to reach a major milestone.
She’s spent her free time raising money to help those fighting cancer.
Sydney Dobmeier is known as the Ride for Roswell girl.
It’s a title that’s become her trademark.
Her goal is clearly marked on her helmet and plastered on her bedroom door.
“I wrote on the front kicking it to 20K,” said Sydney.
Sydney Dobmeier has been raising money for Ride for Roswell for the past 6 years.
“I thought it was for fun back then but I know it was for a cause, a good cause,” said Sydney.
She’s on the verge of grasping a ginormous goal… raising $20,000.
“It makes me feel happy and like that I’m a part of something bigger to help people,” said Sydney.
Sydney’s parents inspired her.
“We came home and Sydney said well, where were you and what were you doing? And we tried to explain to a 4-year-old that we were riding our bike for a good cause. She had just recently gotten a 2 wheel bike and she decided… well I’m going to do that too next year when it comes around. I want to do it,” said Kristin Dobmeier, Sydney’s mom.
She held her parents to that promise.
Her mom never imagined it would turn into this.
“Never, never in my wildest dreams. She just keeps going and finding new ways to donate,” said Kristin.
This year, Sydney posted a video on YouTube and sent out the link, asking for donations.
“Anyone who donates will get a special thank you video of me, and if you donate 100 dollars or more you’ll get a special limited edition Sydney artwork sent to you. And if you donate 1000 dollars or more, I will come to your house and do my special dance for you in person,” said Sydney in the video.
Sydney has a big heart, but an even bigger personality.
It’s evident by the words on her helmet.
“Ride like the wind so when people are riding behind me they see that and it’s encouraging,” said Sydney.
When she grows up, she wants to go to film school to make a Star Wars movie, become an engineer, play on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, and finally — Sydney has her sights set on the Oval Office.
She wants to be President.
We asked Syndey, what would be her first move?
“I’d probably do something to make the hospitals better and that kind of thing so people can be more healthy,” said Sydney.
Sydney’s mom says her dedication to Ride for Roswell isn’t just about helping, it’s about learning.
“It’s fun and it’s exciting and it’s challenging to keep her challenged and grounded but excited and interested and to let her know that she can really do anything that she wants in life. And if she wanted to raise 20 thousand dollars she’s gonna find a way to make it happen,” said Kristin.
Her drive and determination is a pillar of strength for those fighting cancer, and maybe even more so — inspiration for her peers to make a difference.
Ride for Roswell is Saturday June 23rd.
Syndey is still about $2,000 short of her goal, but she has about a month to fundraise.
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