Bethlehem News

Published on November 2nd, 2018

Motorcyclists to Donate Toys to St. Luke’s Pediatric Patients in Friend’s Honor

Hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to ride through the Lehigh Valley on Saturday, November 3, 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 8th 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.

When they arrive, 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 will be distributed to pediatric patients throughout the network.

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.

“Our blessings continue as this wonderful group of men, women and children continue to honor the memory of their friend Tucker by donating to our pediatric patients throughout the network,” says Patricia Gubich, RN, CPN, SLUHN’s Patient Care Manager Pediatrics. “The patients and their families are so thankful and appreciative when they receive a gift. It truly brightens their day and helps ease the difficulty of being in the hospital, especially this time of year.”

“Tucker’s family joins us from New England to honor the memory of their brother, Tucker, and 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 in honor of their friend,” she adds. “We are so blessed to have this amazing group give so much to our pediatric patients. It truly is an outstanding way to honor Tucker. Because of their generosity, they touch many pediatric patients throughout the entire year.”

Lunch buffet specials will be available for purchase after the ride from 2 – 4 pm at the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club. Refreshments will be available until 8 p.m. All riders are welcome. Riders should arrive by 11 am at Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton.

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