Patterson, 23, was in his place, in the cab of an idling 18-wheel tractor-trailer, in the parking lot of Burle Business Park, as trucks prepared to leave on the annual Make-A-Wish Mother's Day convoy. Since he was 5, Patterson has had a spot in one of the trucks with a "Make-A-Wish child onboard" banner.
Over the din, Patterson, of Reinholds, said he liked "sitting up here and listening to all the horns."
In each of his 18 years at the convoy, Patterson has ridden with Daryl Miller, his one-time school bus driver, now a driver for Lift Inc., a forklift company.
"It's not Mother's Day without Travis and I being in the truck," Miller said.
Patterson, who was born premature with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, was one of 70 Make-A-Wish passengers in the 336-truck convoy Sunday.
The 23rd annual gathering, which included a variety of commercial trucks and fire trucks, made its way from Lancaster city's eastern edge past thousands of onlookers to Ephrata and back.
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