Children helping children

By JENELLE JOHNSON
Family Living Editor

Register/Jenelle Johnson
Iola ANW Special Education Cooperative preschoolers riding in a Trike-A-Thon Tuesday afternoon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are, in front, Jillian Trester, and in back from left, Malachi Trester and Zach Ulrich.

Youngsters at Iola’s ANW Special Education Cooperative Preschool, 819 Kansas Dr., boarded their tricycles Tuesday afternoon to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This is the first year the 3- and 4-year-olds have participated in the Trike-A-Thon, said Misty Hobbs, a teacher at the preschool.
The students raised $40 and will take donations, which may be left at the preschool from 7:45 a.m.to 3:45 p.m., through next week.
“I think the kids have had a lot of fun with the project. They have learned tricycle safety and how important it is to give to a cause to help other children,” Hobbs said.
Children’s Research opened in 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other diseases through research and treatment.
In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is 94 percent, mainly due to research and treatments developed at St. Jude.