The Shayla Bee family met and drove up to Estherville as a large group. Leading the 40-bike group was Sister Patrick from the Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.
"I was so honored that they asked me to ride," Sister Patrick said.
She works with Judy Lamack, Zander's grandmother. The young man was almost three when Sister Patrick met him.
"It was a beautiful experience," she said. "I think the group is so magnificent in what they do."
"He's had quite a rough summer," Shayla Bee founder Jerry Faulkner said.
Zander began limping earlier this summer, and had to undergo surgery to treat the infection in his leg. He spent four weeks in the hospital. The infection has affected his growth plate, and doctors aren't certain whether he'll be able to keep his leg.
Sister Pat had heard of Shayla Bee, and she'd seen them ride through once before. She'd worked with some of the children they had sponsored in the past, but she had never ridden with them before.
"This was the first time in Shayla Bee history that a nun has led the pack," Faulkner said.
Hiney and Sister Patrick led the group to Estherville, where the "bee," Shayla Bee's mascot, joined and led them to the Lamack-Nocks. A friend of Shayla Bee's built a yellow and black mini-bike for them, so the bee had its own wheels to ride to the event.
Shayla Bee surprised Zander at a free-will picnic citizens of Estherville conducted in his honor.