BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Mac-Adley Hyppolite Jr. just rode over the Florida border this week and cruised right past the $6100 milepost on his bike trip to raise funds for Children's Hospital. Mac started his journey from Bloomfield to Orlando Florida earlier this month leaving Watsessing Park on May 1.
At the kick-off of the bike tour, Mac went out of his way to thank "every one of you," and "for all coming out." About two dozen supporters came out on an misty Monday morning to send Mac on his way. Supporters included members of the Bloomfield Fire Department, Recreation Department, and Bloomfield Police Department. The Police Department and bike riding members of the Community Policing Unit would later ride with Mac down Bloomfield Avenue to the township's border.
In an exclusive interview with TAPinto, Mac's mother told us many of his secrets for his biking success. "He loves to ride," she told us, "three wheelers, BMX, popping wheels." Mom was not at all surprised by the idea of riding to Florida. Mac love to ride to places like New York, Coney Island, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia for Cheesesteak."
One of Mac's friends was in Children's Hospital when he was about 16. Mac, according to his mother, always wanted to help kids and wants to bring recognition to the hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network.
Mac is know by his friends, and by appearance, as a regular guy. Forget those slick spandex bike outfits, Mac wears regular clothes. His mother also shared that he doesn't have a special diet - he loves pizza and tacos, and road trips to Philly for cheese steak are a part of local lore. He has also been known to go through a gallon of milk in a day, often accompanied by Rice Krispies or Frosted Flakes. Mac's passion for coffee is also well known.
Mac's mom told us "he always tries to help, he has a good heart"
Mac has regularly credited his friends and local residents to making this fundraising ride possible. He consistently credited the local community for their efforts. Funds for the hospital were raised by way of a GoFundMe page Biking from New Jersey to Florida where donations were made. Most donations were $25 or $30 and the page is still accepting donations.
The original goal was to raise $3000, that goal was passed some time ago. In mid-April, he was able to present a check for $2500 to Children's Hospital in New Brunswick. As of today, Mac has raised more than $6100.
Anyone interested in making a contribution to the project can still donate at the Biking from New Jersey to Florida GoFundMe page.