Trike-A-Thon raises $820 for St. Jude


Annual event has raised over $11,000 since 2003

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times The 22 children participating in the Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center’s Trike-A-Thon were lined up on their tricycles and bicycles, ready to pedal for a good cause Thursday morning. The Trike-A-Thon is an annual event the center has held since 2003 to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820 bringing the total about raised since 2003 to $11,961.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The children participating in the Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center’s Trike-A-Thon were ready and eager to start the Trike-A-Thon held this Thursday. A total of 22 children raised $820 during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Trike-A-Thon is an annual event at the center which, as of Thursday, has raised a total of $11,961 for St. Jude.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Addison Ivey sits on her tricycle ready to take part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Medthodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was among the 22 children who took part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Kason Adams shades his eyes from the morning sun as he waits for the start of the Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. He was among the 22 children who participated in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Breanna Davis is ready to start pedaling for a good cause during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was among the 22 children who took part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Charles Warner | The Union Times David Stanford squints into the morning sun as he waits to take part in Thursday’ Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. He was one of 22 children who took part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Avonlea Wise is ready to start pedaling her tricycle to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was one of 22 children taking part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude. Charles Warner | The Union Times Avonlea Wise is ready to start pedaling her tricycle to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was one of 22 children taking part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Jaxson Newton does a final check of his bicycle as he prepares to take part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. He was one of the 22 children who took part in the annual event which raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Maisie Newton (front) and Aiden Roark (back) make their way along the sidewalk at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. They were among the 22 children that took part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon, an annual event held at the center since 2003 to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820 for St. Jude.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Alaina Rector is ready to pedal for a good cause during Thursday' Trike-A-Thon at at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was one of 22 children taking part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Charles Warner | The Union Times In his R2D2 helmet, Henry Vaughan looks ready to pedal his tricycle in a galaxy far, far away, but he was actually taking part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Church Childcare Day Care Center. He was one of 22 children taking part in the event which is held each year by the center to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820 for St. Jude.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Kinsley Curtice looks around the parking lot at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center Thursday morning looking for the signal to start pedaling her tricycle. She was among the 22 children who took part in the Trike-A-Thon, an annual event staged by the center to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820.


MONARCH — The children attending Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center took to their tricycles and bicycles this week to raise money to help a very special hospital continue to help the neediest of children and their families.

Since 2003, the Day Care Center has held an annual “Trike-A-Thon” in the parking lot of Bethel United Methodist Church, a tradition that continued Thursday morning. As in years past, part of the parking lot was roped off and the children’s tricycles and bicycles placed in the roped off area by parents and center staff. Once everything was in place, the center’s staff brought out the children who immediately headed for their tricycles and bicycles ready to start pedaling for a very good cause.

That cause is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and since 2003 the children attending Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center had, as of 2015, raised $10,871.70.

On Thursday morning, that number grew to $11,691 when the 22 children taking part in the Trike-A-Thon raised $820.

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 54 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 22 children participating in the Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center’s Trike-A-Thon were lined up on their tricycles and bicycles, ready to pedal for a good cause Thursday morning. The Trike-A-Thon is an annual event the center has held since 2003 to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820 bringing the total about raised since 2003 to $11,961.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-E.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The 22 children participating in the Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center’s Trike-A-Thon were lined up on their tricycles and bicycles, ready to pedal for a good cause Thursday morning. The Trike-A-Thon is an annual event the center has held since 2003 to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820 bringing the total about raised since 2003 to $11,961.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The children participating in the Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center’s Trike-A-Thon were ready and eager to start the Trike-A-Thon held this Thursday. A total of 22 children raised $820 during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Trike-A-Thon is an annual event at the center which, as of Thursday, has raised a total of $11,961 for St. Jude.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-G.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The children participating in the Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center’s Trike-A-Thon were ready and eager to start the Trike-A-Thon held this Thursday. A total of 22 children raised $820 during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Trike-A-Thon is an annual event at the center which, as of Thursday, has raised a total of $11,961 for St. Jude.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Addison Ivey sits on her tricycle ready to take part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Medthodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was among the 22 children who took part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-A.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Addison Ivey sits on her tricycle ready to take part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Medthodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was among the 22 children who took part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Kason Adams shades his eyes from the morning sun as he waits for the start of the Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. He was among the 22 children who participated in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Kason Adams shades his eyes from the morning sun as he waits for the start of the Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. He was among the 22 children who participated in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Breanna Davis is ready to start pedaling for a good cause during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was among the 22 children who took part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-B.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Breanna Davis is ready to start pedaling for a good cause during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was among the 22 children who took part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Charles Warner | The Union Times David Stanford squints into the morning sun as he waits to take part in Thursday’ Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. He was one of 22 children who took part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-D.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times David Stanford squints into the morning sun as he waits to take part in Thursday’ Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. He was one of 22 children who took part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Avonlea Wise is ready to start pedaling her tricycle to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was one of 22 children taking part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude. Charles Warner | The Union Times Avonlea Wise is ready to start pedaling her tricycle to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was one of 22 children taking part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-C.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Avonlea Wise is ready to start pedaling her tricycle to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was one of 22 children taking part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude. Charles Warner | The Union Times Avonlea Wise is ready to start pedaling her tricycle to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was one of 22 children taking part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Jaxson Newton does a final check of his bicycle as he prepares to take part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. He was one of the 22 children who took part in the annual event which raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-H.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Jaxson Newton does a final check of his bicycle as he prepares to take part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. He was one of the 22 children who took part in the annual event which raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Maisie Newton (front) and Aiden Roark (back) make their way along the sidewalk at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. They were among the 22 children that took part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon, an annual event held at the center since 2003 to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820 for St. Jude.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-J.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Maisie Newton (front) and Aiden Roark (back) make their way along the sidewalk at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. They were among the 22 children that took part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon, an annual event held at the center since 2003 to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820 for St. Jude.

Charles Warner | The Union Times
Alaina Rector is ready to pedal for a good cause during Thursday’ Trike-A-Thon at at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was one of 22 children taking part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-I.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times
Alaina Rector is ready to pedal for a good cause during Thursday’ Trike-A-Thon at at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center. She was one of 22 children taking part in the event which raised $820 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Charles Warner | The Union Times In his R2D2 helmet, Henry Vaughan looks ready to pedal his tricycle in a galaxy far, far away, but he was actually taking part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Church Childcare Day Care Center. He was one of 22 children taking part in the event which is held each year by the center to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820 for St. Jude.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-K.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times In his R2D2 helmet, Henry Vaughan looks ready to pedal his tricycle in a galaxy far, far away, but he was actually taking part in Thursday’s Trike-A-Thon at Bethel United Methodist Church Childcare Day Care Center. He was one of 22 children taking part in the event which is held each year by the center to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820 for St. Jude.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Kinsley Curtice looks around the parking lot at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center Thursday morning looking for the signal to start pedaling her tricycle. She was among the 22 children who took part in the Trike-A-Thon, an annual event staged by the center to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Trike-F.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Kinsley Curtice looks around the parking lot at Bethel United Methodist Childcare Day Care Center Thursday morning looking for the signal to start pedaling her tricycle. She was among the 22 children who took part in the Trike-A-Thon, an annual event staged by the center to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s Trike-A-Thon raised $820.
Annual event has raised over $11,000 since 2003

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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