Bethlehem News trucker toy run

Published on October 29th, 2019

Ninth Annual Tucker’s Toy Run Benefits St. Luke’s Pediatric Patients

On Saturday, November 2, hundreds of Lehigh Valley motorcyclists will pay tribute to a beloved friend in an amazing way: by riding through the valley to donate toys to the pediatric patients of St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem.

More than 600 riders are expected to participate in the 9th annual Tucker’s Toy Run. They will leave the parking lot of the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton at noon with a police escort. The group will arrive in the St. Luke’s University Hospital’s “B” entrance parking lot at approximately 12:30 p.m.

“It’s an amazing sight and so emotional to see the hundreds of motorcycles roaring down the street and into the hospital lot,” says Patricia Gubich, RN, CPN, SLUHN’s Patient Care Manager Pediatrics.

“There’s overwhelming joy and excitement. Pediatric patients and their families are waiting at the windows as riders fill cribs and bins with toys for these patients in our Pediatric Unit, Emergency Department and throughout the St. Luke’s University Health Network. Patients and families are so thankful when they receive a gift. It helps ease the anxiety and stress of being in the hospital. This is always an awesome event.”

Each year, friends and riding companions of the late Tucker Stuart celebrate his life and honor his memory by organizing and participating in Tucker’s Toy Run. A riding enthusiast, Stuart died in a motorcycle accident in 2011. The event is organized by Rick Nauman.

“Their goal is to honor the memory of Tucker Stuart by touching as many lives as possible and giving back to their community,” Gubich says. “We are so blessed to have this wonderful group of men, women, and children give so much to our pediatric population. Whenever there’s a need, they are there.”

The rain date for the event is Sunday, November 3. For more information, contact Nauman at 610-762-5010.

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