KINGSPORT – For 4-year-old Everly Musick and her family, the last couple months haven’t been easy.
At the end of March, Everly was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a type of cancer that can damage tissue or cause lesions to form in the body. She has undergone several treatments locally and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with more treatments scheduled in the coming months.
To collect donations for the family, First Broad Street United Methodist Church’s Child Care Center held a St. Jude Trike-a-Thon Wednesday morning. Dozens of children from the center participated in the event, including Everly herself.
About the event
Now in its 26th year, the Trike-a-Thon is held annually to either raise money for St. Jude or for a child being treated there. The event has raised over $25,000 since it began, and as of Wednesday, it had raised $900 for Everly’s family.
During the event, two groups of children from the Child Care Center hopped on their bikes or scooters for a quick ride around the center’s parking lot. Many of them sported #TeamEverly T-shirts in support of their classmate.
“It’s always fun to watch them,” said Lori Roberts, event organizer. “They’re excited, but we’re also excited about it.”
Even though the Trike-a-Thon has passed, donations will still be accepted through May 24. Cash or checks can be brought to the church office at 100 E. Church Circle.