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Horizons to host Trike-A-Thon

A St. Jude Trike-A-Thon event will gearing up the week of August 21 at Horizons Unlimited. The event will help teach children riding-toy safety while raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the premier center for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

The Urbanna community can sponsor children in the Trike-A-Thon by pledging an amount-per-lap the kids ride or a one-time donation. A bake sale is also planned and the proceeds will be split with 50% going to support St. Jude and 50% to benefit the children at Horizons Unlimited.

To become a sponsor or to donate, call Suzette Babcock at 758-0711.

“St. Jude is the leader in the fight against catastrophic childhood diseases such as leukemia, brain tumors and sickle cell disease,” said Suzette Babcock, coordinator of the event. “Through events like this Trike-A-Thon, Urbanna will be supporting the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children across the country and around the world.”

A tradition for more than 25 years, Trike-A-Thon is a fun, week-long curriculum for daycare centers and pre-schools. Through programs like Trike-A-Thon, the idea of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas to raise funds for the hospital through community-based events is able to continue.

Trike-A-Thon participants will learn riding-toy safety lessons through a series of interactive stories from special characters, Bikewell Bear and Pedals the Bunny. At the end of the Trike-A-Thon week, children will bring their trikes or riding-toys to school and practice the safety lessons they have learned. Throughout the week participants will get to listen to the Trike-A-Thon theme song, “Different Spokes for Different Folks,” written by children’s band “Hot Peas ‘N Butter.”

For more information on how to host a Trike-A-Thon event, call 1-800-BIKE (2453) or visit

posted 08.17.2009

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