Riding ATV's To Help Sick Children

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

Thousands of people are in Harlan County tonight to enjoy the weather and explore the beauty of the mountains. But there is more going on than just a few folks riding around on ATVs. The Saint Jude Children's Fall Crawl is going on right now in Eastern Kentucky.

More than 4,000 ATV enthusiasts from 14 different states are visiting some of the mountain's trails, not only to promote adventure tourism, but also to raise money for kids that need it.

You throw some money in the pot, it's just a small donation, but for family receiving it, it can change their lives.

Sam Hughes says, “This is my son Jordan and he's a St. Jude patient and he's been a Saint Jude patient since 2004. He's had a brain tumor.”

ATV enthusiasts call it "the flip side of adventure tourism,” using what Kentucky has to offer to help others.

Tina Hughes, Jordan’s mother says, “I think if you live it, you'll know why it's so important.”

Preston Mclain, with Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club says, “Every penny made today will go for St. Jude Children's Research Hospitals. Last year we raised over $3,000 and we look to either match that or exceed that today.”

The Hughes family knows first hand why donating to St. Jude Children's Hospital is so important.

Sam Hughes says, “Since 2004 Jordan’s had three craniotomies total and he's had 63 radiation treatments and he's had a total of 110 GY of radiation.”

Tina and Sam's son Jordan was diagnosed when he 20 months old. He had a tumor the size of a lemon on the back of his brain.

Tina Hughes says, “To have a child that's sick is hard enough, but to have a child that's sick and have financial burden on the family just adds increased stress on the whole situation so to have fundraisers that help to avoid that, it's everything.”

Tina Hughes says the donations help St. Jude to never turn a sick child away. “They will fly you in, they'll put you up at a place to stay, give you money for food everyday, if your child needs medicine they'll get the medicine it at the pharmacy and they never have to worry about the financial burden of that.”

It's about putting all your focus on making sure your child gets healthy.

Jordan’s family says he is doing great and is now a normal, healthy six year old boy.

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  • by Jon Location: bell county on Oct 7, 2008 at 01:27 PM
    dont listen to idiots like jim and jenna...yall did a great thing in harlan! great work for a great cause. keep up the great work ridge runners
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    this is a good thing to do for the kids
  • by jim on Oct 6, 2008 at 04:58 AM
    Ans what kind of statement is seen here,jump on an ATV and get another child hurt. We need rigid laws and laws enforced regarding these child killers.
  • by blessed parent Location: cumberland on Oct 5, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    i think this is a wonderful thing for the harlan county ridge runners is doing. i hope this isn't the last ride to help this hospital. i know that each person involved will be blessed tremendously. may GOD truly bless the hughes' family and each person associated with the harlan county ridge runners atv club. i also hope that everybody will follow this lead and not only help this hospital but all people in need in harlan county. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!
  • by pam sizemore Location: laurel co. on Oct 5, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    I think this is a wonderful happening to help all the children! may God bless everyone and watch over them and keep them safe.
  • by Shauna Location: Martin, KY on Oct 4, 2008 at 11:15 PM
    Jordan, you're a movie star just like Bo Duke! For more information on St. Jude, or to donate, you can visit www.stjude.org!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2008 at 11:11 PM
  • by Jenna on Oct 4, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    too many small children riding ATVs recklessly, when will they ever learn. Sad.


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