LLUCH and donors give away 1,200 bicycles to underprivileged children living in the Inland Empire
More than 1,200 bicycles were lined up at Arrowhead Park Sunday, November 13, for the bike giveaway as a result of the October Stater Bros./KFROGGERS radiothon.
On Sunday, November 13, 1,237 underprivileged fourth graders from San Bernardino and Riverside counties came to receive an early Christmas present in the form of a brand new bicycle and helmet. Each person who pledged $200 during the October 18 and 19 Stater Bros./KFROGGERS for Kids radiothon had the opportunity to personally award a bicycle and safety helmet to one of the children present at the event. Students were nominated by teachers and school administrators based on exceptional attitude, behavior, and academic skills or citizenship.
The Stater Bros./KFROGGERS for Kids radiothon was held at the Stater Bros. Market on East 40th Street in San Bernardino on October 18 and 19. The event raised $443,850 to benefit cancer patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. LLUCH offers treatments for children ranging from newborns up to 18 years of age who are fighting cancer or blood disorders. Recently, bone marrow transplantation has been incorporated as the newest component of the comprehensive program. Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital admits more than 1,500 children to the pediatric cancer unit each year.
The bicycle presentation ceremony took place at Arrowhead Credit Union Park, located at 280 South “E” Street in downtown San Bernardino, at 1:00 p.m.
The bikes were made possible by financial support from Betty Crocker, Jack Link’s, Keebler, and Propel.
“This is truly an incredible partnership between the corporate world and the community,” said Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, administrator of Children’s Hospital. “We are happy to tangibly recognize some very special kids.”
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, opened in 1993, has 244 beds dedicated to caring for the special needs of child patients. The Children’s Hospital is the only level 1 regional trauma center covering a four-county area that includes: Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo, and Mono counties.