The Palo Verde College (PVC) Child Development Center (CDC) preschool and daycare kids hosted its annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser in support of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital April 12.

All told, a total of 41 students pedaled in a collective support of children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

“Thanks to the generosity of their friends, family and community members, they raised $461 which was donated directly to help provide medical treatment for children at St. Jude’s,” noted PVC CDC Director Dana Rethwisch. “The children learned about bike safety, rules of the road and the importance of wearing a safety helmet throughout the week. They also learned that some children have cancer and can’t do all the same activities that they enjoy; the Trike-A-Thon was held in honor of those children.”

According to a St. Jude Hospital 2016 year-in-review report, the treatments invented at the facility have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to above 80 percent since having opened over 50 years ago; further noting that approximately 75 percent of the operating costs of St. Jude are covered by generous public contributions.

“Thanks, also, to the City of Blythe Public Works Department for loaning the school safety cones for this event,” noted the PVC CDC.

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