Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude at HFCC next week

DEARBORN — The Henry Ford Community College Child Development Center will host a St. Jude Trike-A-Thon the week of Sept. 29.

This event helps raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. In addition, this Trike-A-Thon teaches children how to safely ride toys and trikes.

“Every child saved at St. Jude means children saved around the world — a direct result of cutting-edge research and treatment that sets the standard in treating deadly childhood diseases,” said Cristina Greco, lead child care provider at the Center and coordinator for this event. “Through events like Trike-A-Thon, Dearborn supports the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children everywhere,” she added.

Trike-A-Thon, in its 25th year, offers a week-long curriculum for daycare centers and pre-schools. Children can learn safety lessons on toy riding through a series of interactive stories from special characters. Some of these characters include Bikewell Bear and Pedals the Bunny.

As children learn, they also help raise funds for St. Jude. At the end of the Trike-A-Thon week, children bring their trikes or riding-toys to school and practice the safety lessons they have learned.

The public can sponsor children in the Trike-A-Thon by pledging a donation.

Nick Jr.’s Dora the Explorer appears in two television spots inviting children to participate in the program. A St. Jude partner since 2007, Nick Jr. also has developed a dedicated web page featuring the Dora spots and additional information about bike safety and Trike-A-Thon.

For more information on the Trike-A-Thon, call the HFCC Child Care Development Center at (313) 317-6527.