Published on November 3rd, 20170
Motorcyclists to Honor Friend by Donating Toys to St. Luke’s Pediatric Patients
Bethlehem, PA – On November 4, hundreds of motorcyclists will ride through the Lehigh Valley to honor the memory of their beloved friend by donating toys to the pediatric patients of St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN).
Riders taking part in the 7th annual Tucker’s Toy Run will leave the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton at noon with a police escort and arrive in the main parking lot of St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem at approximately 12:30 pm.
Upon arrival, the riders will fill cribs and bins with the toys they collected for patients of all ages. Children who are well enough to leave the pediatric unit with a family member will greet the riders and take part in the festivities. The toys are then distributed to pediatric patients throughout the network.
“We truly have been blessed that this group has chosen us to be the recipient of this wonderful gift in memory of their friend,” says Patricia Gubich, RN, CPN, SLUHN’s Patient Care Manager Pediatrics. “Patients and families are so thankful when they receive a gift. It brightens their day and helps ease the difficulty of being in the hospital.”
Each year, friends and fellow riding enthusiasts of the late Tucker Stuart celebrate his life and honor his memory by organizing Tucker’s Toy Run. Stuart, an avid motorcyclist, died in a motorcycle accident in 2011. Tucker’s Toy Run is organized by Rick Nauman.
“Tucker’s family comes in from New England to be a part of this wonderful event,” Gubich says. “It truly is overwhelming to see the array of motorcyclists who come out and donate. We are so blessed to have this amazing group of men, women, and children give so much to our pediatric patients. It truly is an outstanding way to honor Tucker because their generosity helps children throughout the entire year.”