Our Town Riverview:
Little Ones Peddle to Benefit Cancer Research

By Mitch Traphagen (mitch@observernews.net)

RIVERVIEW - The Kids Community College of Riverview held a benefit event in which literally everyone benefited. On September 19, they held a "Trike-a-thon" that not only raised money for the St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital but also taught bicycle safety to children just beginning to get the feel of having their own set of wheels.

The Trike-a-thon raised funds to continue the hospitalís programs of research, patient care, and education into childhood cancers and other catastrophic diseases. The event was also designed to expose pre-schoolers to the safe use of riding toys through the week-long event. Additionally, the event provided a parent awareness program to involve parents in safe riding practices to help ensure their childís well-being.

The Kids Community College provides programs for children ages four months to five years and for first through fifth graders. The organization is dedicated to providing not only care giving services but also an activity based learning curriculum. Their aim is to provide a first-class nurturing and learning environment that prepares its students to excel as young leaders of tomorrow.

The organization is patterned after collegiate systems by offering everything from technical to general education and developmental programs.

The St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital is one of the leading cancer centers for research into childhood cancers. According to the hospital, cancer is the leading disease killer of American children.

The success of the event was without question. Funds were raised to help those with catastrophic diseases and young children and parents learned about tricycle and bicycle safety. But one of the biggest signs of success were with the children themselves. The smiles and laughter of children peddling their riding toys spoke far louder than words. It was simply fun.

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