2012-05-03 / Community

Trike-A-Thon raises $1,868 to help support St. Jude research

Through the St. Jude Trike-AThon, St. Francis de Sales preschool raised $1,868 to support the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases while teaching trike and riding-toy safety tips. The annual fund-raiser is a week-long program where kids learn riding safety skills through interactive lessons and activities while raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.

On Friday, April 27, Father Glenn Theoret began by blessing the children and their bikes. The children then practiced the safety rules learned throughout the week by riding on the school’s playground.

“This is the fifth year that St. Francis de Sales has held the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon program,” said Ellen Walters, event coordinator. “We are excited to host the program every year because it is a fun activity we can easily incorporate into our existing enrichment programs and curriculum. Not only did we teach our children valuable safety lessons, but also the importance of Christian charity by giving them the opportunity to help kids like themselves who are battling cancer and other deadly diseases.”


Students patiently wait for Father Glenn Theoret to bless them and their transportation prior to the annual Trike-A-Thon held at St. Francis de Sales. Students patiently wait for Father Glenn Theoret to bless them and their transportation prior to the annual Trike-A-Thon held at St. Francis de Sales. St. Francis de Sales has raised a total of $6,760 since it began in 2008. “Without the friends, family, but most importantly the parents, who collected the pledges and donations, none of this would have been possible” Mrs. Walters went on to say.

Each child was given coloring books, stickers, and even their own “Bike License.” Students were also awarded prizes including St. Jude Trike-A-Thon T-shirts and plush toys based on fundraising levels achieved.

Because no family is ever denied treatment from St. Jude because of an inability to pay, funds from public fund-raisers such as the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon help the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children. Since its inception in 1983, the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon program has raised more than $87 million. For more information, visit www.stjude.org/trike or call (800) 626-BIKE (2453).

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