St. Jude Trike-A-Thon teaches safety, raises funds

2013-07-27T00:00:00Z St. Jude Trike-A-Thon teaches safety, raises fundsFor The Times
July 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

UNIVERSITY PARK | The Family Development Center of Governors State University will join thousands of preschools, day cares and other groups across the country in sponsoring a St. Jude Trike-A-Thon event Friday to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.

The weeklong event teaches bike and riding-toy safety lessons using interactive stories featuring characters, Bikewell Bear and Pedals the Bunny. At the end of St. Jude Trike-A-Thon week, students will bring their tricycles to school to practice their newly learned safety lessons.

In addition to safety lessons, kids learn about helping others including the patients of St. Jude. Families, friends and the community team up to support the hospital by pledging a donation for St. Jude Trike-A-Thon week. Because no patient is ever denied treatment from St. Jude because of an inability to pay, funds from public fundraisers such as the Family Development Center St. Jude Trike-A-Thon help the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children.

This is the first year that the Family Development Center has held the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon program.

“We challenge family and supporters of the FDC to join us in helping to teach our kids about riding safety while raising funds for St. Jude,” said Erin Gutierrez, event coordinator. “I’m proud our kids are able to help give hope to thousands of children battling cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude.”

The Family Development Center is on the campus of Governors State University, 1 University Parkway. For more information about the FDC or on how to make a donation, contact Gutierrez at (708) 235.7326.

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