Tykes on trikes raise funds for hospital
Thirty children from the Lake Tahoe Community College Child Development Center put pedal power in action this summer to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
The children raised $1,870 for St. Jude’s by riding in a trike-a-thon. The children ranged in age from infants, who made the laps in a baby buggy, to 5-year-olds. Trent Dingman completed 79 laps, the most of the day, followed closely by Jaxon Kennedy with 72. Both boys are 5.
In planning the event, the teachers spent time talking with the children about the cause and how they would be making a difference in the lives of children in need of medical care. After the trike-a-thon the children were treated to a magic show presented by Brian Scott.
All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay. St. Jude covers all costs of treatment at St. Jude beyond those reimbursed by third-party insurers, and total costs at St. Jude when no insurance is available. St. Jude also provides assistance with transportation costs and local living expenses during treatments.
“It’s a wonderful experience for our kids to gain an understanding that they can make a difference,” said Michelle Sower, director of the child development center. “We all have so much and I think it’s great for them to learn at an early age the values of compassion and empathy for others.”