MCIO Head Start will host its annual Trike-A-Thon from 5 to 7 p.m. May 8 at the Gymnasium on MCIO Head Start Bastrop Campus.

The St. Jude Trike-A-Thon program has been an annual tradition for more than 25 years. It is held this year from May 5 through 9 at MCIO Head Start. Children learn riding toy safety over the week-long curriculum. Safety is taught through a series of interactive stories with characters such as Bikewell Bear and Pedals the Bunny. The Trike-A-Thon is a chance for the children to put into practice the safety lessons they have learned.

The event raises funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The center is one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases, and its operation is dependent on community-based fundraising programs like the Trike-A-Thon.

“St. Jude is the leader in the fight against catastrophic childhood diseases such as leukemia, brain tumors and sickle cell disease,” Rosalind Price, coordinator of the event, said. “Through events like Trike-A-Thon, Bastrop supports the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children across the country and around the world.”

According to Price, MCIO has had two children benefit from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Monetary donations are being accepted and will be sent to the Memphis Hospital by May 16. All checks must be payable to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Donations are also being taken from individuals in the community who have lost family members to cancer. Die-cut memorial flowers with deceased loved ones names will be put on display.