Union Daily Times

Trike-A-Thon raises $800

MONARCH — The children of a local church’s child care center took to their tricycles and bicycles this week to help a hospital that’s been dedicated to healing children for more than 50 years continue doing so.

On Wednesday morning, as it has every year since 2003, the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center held its annual Trike-A-Thon in the church parking lot. Twenty-four children enrolled in the center rode their tricycles and bicycles for an hour Wednesday to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Before Wednesday’s event, the Trike-A-Thon had raised $12,211.75 for St. Jude’s. Wednesday’s Trike-A-Thon raised $800, bringing the total amount raised to $13,211.75.

The top fundraisers among the children participating in the Trike-A-Thon were:

Wesley Robbins — $285

Maddox Anthony — $125

Ben Vaughan — $80

Kyleigh Brewington — $75

About St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases that was founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas. The premise of the founding of St. Jude is that “no child should die at the dawn of life.” The inspiration for the founding of St. Jude was a promise that Thomas, a Maronite Catholic who believed in the power of prayer, made to St. Jude Thaddeus who he prayed to for a means to support his family. In his prayer, Thomas promised St. Jude Thaddeus that if he became successful he would build him a shrine.

About a week later, Thomas, who had put his last $7 in the offering bin, got a job that paid him 10 times that amount. This was the beginning of what became a very successful career for Thomas as a stand up comedian and actor. In the midst of his success, however, Thomas did not forget the promise he’d made to St. Jude Thaddeus and in 1957 he founded the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities which became the fundraising arm of St. Jude.

Five years later, in 1962, St. Jude opened its doors in Memphis, Tennessee and in the more than 50 years since the hospital and the research it has done has changed the way doctors treat children with catastrophic diseases such as cancer. An example of this is the survival rate for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, which went from 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today. Furthermore, in the 56 years since St. Jude opened, the overall survival rate for children with cancer has gone from 20 percent to 80 percent.

Children eligible for treatment at St. Jude receive medical treatment there regardless of their family’s ability to pay. In addition to providing medical treatment, St. Jude also helps the families of children undergoing with transportation, lodging and food.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The children at the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center were on their bicycles and tricycles Wednesday morning during the center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. The children ride their bicycles and tricycles around the church parking lot for an hour to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The center has held the Trike-A-Thon every year since 2003. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $800 bringing the total raised since 2003 to $13,211.75.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3369.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The children at the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center were on their bicycles and tricycles Wednesday morning during the center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. The children ride their bicycles and tricycles around the church parking lot for an hour to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The center has held the Trike-A-Thon every year since 2003. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $800 bringing the total raised since 2003 to $13,211.75.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Wearing her helmet, Kyleigh Brewington is ready to race around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Mazie was among the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3377.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Wearing her helmet, Kyleigh Brewington is ready to race around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Mazie was among the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Lillian Parks smiles as she pedals her bicycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Lillian was among the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3379.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Lillian Parks smiles as she pedals her bicycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Lillian was among the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Willow Whitecotton looks quite happy as she makes her way around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Willow was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3380.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Willow Whitecotton looks quite happy as she makes her way around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Willow was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Avonlea Wise is focused on maneuvering her tricycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Avonlea was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3381.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Avonlea Wise is focused on maneuvering her tricycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Avonlea was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Blakelee Bright seems quite determined to ride her bicycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Blakelee was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3382.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Blakelee Bright seems quite determined to ride her bicycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Blakelee was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Ben Vaughan is ready to take his tricycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Ayden was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3383.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Ben Vaughan is ready to take his tricycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Ayden was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Ayden Eubanks pedals his bicycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Ayden was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3384.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Ayden Eubanks pedals his bicycle around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Ayden was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Mazie Newton looks quite determined as she makes her way around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Mazie was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3385.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Mazie Newton looks quite determined as she makes her way around the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church Wednesday morning during the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center’s annual Trike-A-Thon. Mazie was one of the 24 children at the center who participated in the Trike-A-Thon which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2003 when it began, the Trike-A-Thon has raised a total of $13,211.75 including the $800 raised this past Wednesday.
For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.