Wapato preschoolers participate in Saint Jude Trike-A-Thon
WAPATO, Wash.- Often times children diagnosed with cancer are not only robbed of their health but also, a normal childhood. On Thursday afternoon, students at Parker Heights Inspire Development Center helped give a little piece of that back, by participating in a Saint Jude Trike-A-Thon.
Around 100 preschoolers came together on Thursday for a lesson on bike safety, dodging cars and each other.
But it's what the kids are giving back that's setting an example of kindness for us all.
"We're representing. We're pretending we are the children at Saint Jude and for today we are going to ride for them,” said Margaret Cantu, Center Manager at Parker Heights.
Helmets were donated to the kids from Memorial Hospital to keep them safe as they advocated for a worthy cause.
Kids at Parker Heights have been learning about bike safety all week and how they’re helping children just like them.
"It doesn't matter what age we are whether we're preschoolers, teenagers, or adults... you know we can all help somebody,” said Cantu.
Childhood cancer is a topic that hits close to home for Cantu.
"I lost a niece at a very young age to cancer," said Cantu.
A living nightmare for any parent.
"I mean the last thing you want is for your child to be sick or you know let alone have cancer and you not being able to do anything,” said Maida Sanchez, a parent at the event.
Which is why events like this are so important to Sanchez, who says she's happy to give back.
"To me it's a gift, you know? To be able to give in return to those who can't or who don't have it," said Sanchez.
The center hopes to raise at least $500 by April 25 to give directly to Saint Jude.
If you'd like to host your own Saint Jude Trike-A-Thon you can find more information on how to do so here.