Barrington, IL -- Through the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon, Noah's Ark Christian Preschool & Kindergarten raised $1,750 to support the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases while teaching trike and riding-toy safety tips. The annual fundraiser is a week-long program where kids learn riding safety skills while raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers. On May 17th, kids brought their tricycles and riding toys to school where they practiced the safety rules learned throughout the week.
"This is the first year that Noah's Ark has held the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon program, said Mary Bradley, event coordinator. We were excited to host the program this year because it was a fun activity we could easily incorporate into our existing enrichment program. Not only did we teach our children valuable safety lessons, we taught them how they could help kids like them who are battling cancer and other deadly diseases."
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Sergeant David Kann of the Barrington Hills Police Department joined Noah's Ark and spoke to the children about bike safety before the event. 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 fundraisers 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 1-800-626-BIKE (2453).
About St. Jude
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital's research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.