Bicycles, tricycles and scooters replaced crayons, pencils and paper for a few hours on Friday, April 9 as students at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development held a Trike-a-Thon fundraiser to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Eleven students from The Children’s Center participated in the event which was initiated and organized by Jodi and David Flurry of Leakesville, whose 5-year-old son, Luke, attends the center. Jodi Flurry said the Trike-a-Thon netted more than the original goal of $300. She expects to send approximately $500 to St. Jude’s on behalf of The Children’s Center students.
“Although my son and his classmates at the center have communications disorders and it is difficult for them to say what is on their minds, they are caring and loving individuals,” said Jodi Flurry. “They want to help others. The Trike-a-Thon was a way they could do this. It was an opportunity to show others that we care, love and want to help others.”
Several Children’s Center students have spent time as patients at St. Jude’s. Jodi Flurry said another motivating factor for the Trike-a-Thon was to showcase the students’ physical therapy successes. Many of the children have learned to crawl and walk at the center.
“For many, riding a tricycle represents their latest well-deserved accomplishment,” she said.
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Students at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi held at Trike-a-Thon fundraiser on Friday, April 9 to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. (Submitted photo)
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