Woodbridge Y Lends Helping Hand To St. Jude’s Hospital

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WOODBRIDGE — On Friday, May 3, the Woodbridge YMCA hosted its annual St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon. The St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon is a fun way for children to participate in an event that helps their less fortunate peers who have been diagnosed with cancer while learning about tricycle safety. Children raise money by getting sponsors (friends, relatives, neighbors, local businesses, etc) to donate money for their participation in the event.

When children sign up to participate, parents are given “Safety Lessons of the Day” to read to their children, in order to reinforce the importance of taking safety precautions before riding their trikes. Such lessons include the importance of wearing a helmet, never riding in the street, being careful near driveways and watching where you are going at all times.

The day of the event, 38 participants gathered in the Woodbridge YMCA gym to put their safety skills to the test. All 38 participants raised a total of over $1,400 for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. All of the money raised will go towards research and treatment for patients. Research conducted at St. Judes Hospital has helped push overall survival rates for child hood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital first opened in 1962 to 80 percent today.

The day of the event, Officer Joelle Slossberg from the Woodbridge Police also gave the children a lesson on safety as well as allowed them to ride in the station car.

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(Photos courtesy of Woodbridge YMCA)

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