LLU Children’s Hospital hosts KFRG/Stater Bros. bicycle giveaway
Approximately 800 fourth grade children representing schools throughout the Inland Empire stand with their new bicycles at the Arrowhead Credit Union Park in San Bernardino. The fourth annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital bicycle giveaway was made possible by donors to the annual KFRG/Stater Bros. radiothon broadcast live on KFRG-FM from Ontario Mills shopping center.
Approximately 4,500 families and their children attended the fourth annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital bicycle giveaway held on Sunday, November 12, 2006. The event was held at the Arrowhead Credit Union Park in San Bernardino.
Eight hundred fourth-graders and their families were invited to attend the bicycle giveaway hosted by KFRG radio and Stater Bros. Markets. The fourth-grade recipients of the bicycles and safety helmets were children who had never had a bicycle and were recommended by their school teachers.
Inland Empire radio listeners donated a total of $507,175 for the treatment of cancer patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
For each contribution of at least $200, a Kent bicycle and helmet was purchased from Toys ‘R’ Us. The effort made possible the obtaining of 1,200 bicycles for fourth grade students who live in the Children’s Hospital service area of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Mono counties.
“Some of the children were unable to come to the presentation ceremony,” says Patti Cotton Pettis, MA, executive director of the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation, “so we arranged for the bicycles to be taken to them.”
During the two-day radiothon broadcast, live from Ontario Mills shopping center in Ontario, individuals listening to the broadcast heard testimonials from pediatric patients and their families.
Employees from the various Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center entities, along with local Inland Empire service organizations, volunteered their time to staff the phone lines on each of the two days.
The bicycles themselves were identical 20-inch red ones. Half of the bicycles had blue helmets, a favorites among the girls attending the event, and the other half had black helmets.
One of the donors, Mike Adams from Anaheim, stood quietly next to a bicycle that his donation had helped make possible for a child.
Mr. Adams said he had donated to the KFRG radiothon in honor of his son, Mike Jr., a four year old who drowned in a friend’s swimming pool in 1994. “He would have liked this,” Mr. Adams said. “He liked to ride his bicycle.” Mr. Adams plans to donate to the radiothon again next year.
Guests for the bicycle giveaway starting arriving at Arrowhead Credit Union Park at 10:00 a.m.—a full three hours prior to the opening of the stadium gates.
LLUCH administrator Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, thanks parents and children for attending.
A proud owner displays his new bicycle.
A young fourth-grade student shows off her new bicycle.
LLUCH chaplain Saul Silva offers a prayer of welcome at the bicycle giveaway event.
KFRG-FM host “Hoppy” welcomes guests to the event.
Approximately 4,500 donors, parents, and children attended the fourth annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital bicycle giveaway.