HUDSON – You can never be too young to learn about giving to others.
The third annual Trike & Bike, benefiting VeloSano Kids, gives children under 12 the opportunity to ride their bikes and fundraise with 100 percent going directly to support pediatric cancer research at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital with a goal to raise $20,000.
Children can ride bikes or tricycles, walk, or have someone push them in a stroller Aug. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. at Hudson Park Estates Pool, 2600 Blue Heron Drive.
Participants can pre-register for $15 at www.give.ccf.org/hudson and receive an event T-shirt, water bottle and goodies from local merchants, said Michael Coburn, president of Hudson Velo bike club and founder/organizer of Trike & Bike. They are given a personal fundraising page to share with friends and family.
When they raise $25 minimum, they receive a free Cedar Point ticket. Panera will provide a free kids meal coupon to every child who registers as well as a finish line cookie.
The course is a 1-mile loop they circle as many times as they want in the 1-hour time period. Snacks, games and activities will be provided.
Participants can pick up their packet and register at the Hudson Park Estates Pool on Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and check in is at 8 a.m. Aug. 10 at Hudson Park Estates Pool with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m.
Speakers will be Dr. Eric Kodish in the pediatric hematology oncology and blood and marrow transplantation department and Tommy DeLambo, 11, a Hudson resident and cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with Burkitt’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016 and treated by Dr. Ilia Buhtoiarov at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Coburn said.
"Tommy spoke at the first Trike & Bike in Hudson and will kick off the bike ride this year," he said.
The participants begin at 9:15 a.m. and ride for one hour. The Post Ride Party is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and riders and families can enjoy refreshments, music, raffles and silent auctions. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and a check presented to Cleveland Clinic Children's, Coburn said.
"It's not about the course," he said. "It's about raising funds for cancer research."
Emily Goodman, 11, of Hudson raised $5,000 last year and has already raised $11,841 so far this year, Coburn said.
"She's been tremendous," he said. "So far participants have raised $16,200 before the event."
Not only do children learn to be generous to others, they have an opportunity to ride their bikes with a group, Coburn said. Anyone 8 years or older can join VeloSano or a local bike group.
In July, VeloSano also raised funds for cancer research in memory of Paul Madonia on Team 9:1 from Hudson.
Madonia lost his battle with cancer in 2018. The two teams, 40 members on 9:1 and 30 members on Hudson Velo raised more than $80,000 by riding July 20 with 2,300 cyclists. Team members had the option of completing 10 miles, which included riding through Progressive Field up through participating in a two-day ride of 190 miles down to Wooster and back on the Cleveland Clinic Ride.
More than $3 million was raised to support lifesaving cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic.
Go to Hudsonvelo.org for more information or to join.
Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org