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Trike-A-Thon hits the road Aug. 28



Article Published: Aug. 26, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The High Country Trike-A-Thon event organized by HighCountryMommies.com on Saturday, Aug. 28, starting at 10 a.m. at the National Guard Armory in Boone will teach children riding toy safety while raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The hospital is one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

HighCountryTrike-A-Thon will include two sessions: One for tricycles or bicycle riders using training wheels; and a second session for children on two-wheel bicycles.

All community children under the age of 12 are invited to participate. A donation of $5 is required.
Forms to register and record pledges are available at the Children's Playhouse and Earth Fare in Boone, as well as Mountain Girl Gallery in Banner Elk and the Ashe County Library.

For more information on participating, contact Emma Yarborough by e-mail at (emma@highcountrymommies.com)

In addition to the fundraising and cycling aspects, the Trike-A-Thon will feature fun activities and door prizes for participants.

Riders should be present the day of the event at 9:30 a.m. to check in. A parent or legal guardian must be present, and riders must wear a safety helmet.

"St. Jude is the leader in the fight against catastrophic childhood diseases, such as leukemia, brain tumors and sickle cell disease," said Emma Yarborough, coordinator of the event.
"Through events like High Country Trike-A-Thon, we can support the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children across the country and around the world."

The High Country community can sponsor children in the Trike-A-Thon by pledging a donation, she said.

St. Jude depends on community-based fundraising programs like Trike-A-Thon to continue the hospital's research and lifesaving care.

The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.5 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions, she said.

Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world.

St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance.

No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay, she said.

St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization.

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