We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with the Red Cross again for our 4th Annual Blood Drive on Saturday April 7th from 10-4pm at Tualatin Valley Community Church.
Henry had leukemia which is cancer of the bone marrow where blood is made. The chemotherapy wreaked havoc upon his blood supply. So Henry had over 30 blood transfusions during his 3 years of treatment.
It took a lot of generous people to help give him the best shot at life. We want to return that gift and WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your precious gift of blood can help up to 3 people. We have room for 60 Superheroes so that means 180 lives could be saved by the friends of Henry’s little tricycle of kindness. What a wonderful legacy.
It only takes an hour of your time and we will take great care of you with hugs and cookies.
Reserve your appointment time at redcrossblood.org with our Sponsor Code: RedTrikeBrigade. Please share with your friends and family so we can get this blood drive rolling! THANK YOU!!
Happy New Year to all our friends and followers!
It’s a brand new year and it’s also our official kickoff for
Henry’s 5th Annual Red Tricycle Toy Drive.
The toys we collect will all be donated to the amazing team at Randall Children’s Hospital, where Henry received all his care. We will be forever grateful for the love, support and care he received there. To help another child and family through the simple act of a toy, helps keep Henry’s memory alive.
Here are a few easy ways to help:
Buy a toy and give it to the Friedler or Griffith family (we would be happy to come pick them up if in the Portland/metro area)
Visit our Amazon wish list. A couple clicks and you’ve made a huge difference in a child’s life (search “Red Tricycle Brigade” and the toys will be shipped directly to us)
Make a cash donation and we will shop in your honor.
Share with your friends and get the word out.
We will be delivering toys on February 9th…Henry’s birthday. Last year we were able to deliver a whopping 2,637 toys.
Thank you for your love, donations and support.
It’s each person that gives a little that adds up to a lot!!!
Thank you to everyone who made a difference during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. Whether it was promoting awareness by sharing our post, or making a financial donation to pediatric cancer research or simply giving a hug to someone touched by cancer. It all makes an impact. Side note from our cofounder, Pam. She personally had a very unique and special opportunity to promote cancer research. They sold their home to a cancer researcher! More to this amazing story coming soon.
Now it’s time for our next kindness theme.
October is full of excitement as kiddos anticipate how they will dress for Halloween. Henry idolized firefighters and dressed up as one for his last Halloween in 2013.
So it’s only fitting that every year for the month of October our kindness theme is firefighters. Henry’s mom, Marla shared a little story back in 2014 when we first got rolling and we would like to share it with you again.
“Whenever we were driving home, from anywhere, Henry would ask to drive by the fire trucks. He would ask to go by more than one fire station. He loved to see if the fire trucks were “awake or asleep”. If the garage doors were open, he would laugh and say “AWAKE!!” Doors closed, they were sleeping. If they weren’t in the garage they were out helping people…or at Fred Meyers Shopping Center. We could almost time our trips to Fred Meyers with the shopping schedule of our two local fire stations. We could spend 10 minutes walking around the truck…and what a great day if a fireman gave him and Owen a sticker. We would tour the stations and the boys loved sitting in the fire engines.
On a great visit, they could even spray water.
As part of Henry’s Make-A-Wish, a fire engine came to our cul-de-sac and we were taken for a ride. The boys sprayed water and climbed in the trucks. Henry’s smile was ENORMOUS!
We were honored that a few firemen came to Henry’s funeral. Such amazing people…maybe Henry was as much of a hero to them, as they were to him.”
So could you help us honor Henry’s heroes?
You could bake them some goodies or buy them some snacks. How about a cuddly blanket or a fun pillow case for their bunks? They could also use some small plush toys to give to children when they go out on a call.
Whatever you choose to do, please make sure you attach a trike ticket. Here is the link to print them for free http://www.theredtricyclebrigade.com/print-your-trike-tickets
Please, please, please take photos and post them to our Facebook page or on Instagram with the hashtag #triked. This not only inspires others but encourages us as well. Thank you!
HAVE FUN “TRIKING” YOUR LOCAL HEROES!
It’s that time of year again. Summer has come to an end and students are heading off to school. Henry should be in 2nd grade.
But he’s not…and sadly he’s not alone. Everyday in the United States 43 kids are diagnosed with cancer. Every single day in the United States 5 children die because of cancer. And every year an additional 2,000 parents dread the first day of school because it’s a painful reminder that their child won’t be there. September is the start of another year of learning and it is also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
It’s a month devoted to bringing awareness to the dire need for research that is aimed specifically to cure childhood cancer. Just this week the FDA gave formal approval to a new treatment option for kids will leukemia (CAR T cell therapy).
It’s a huge breakthrough but more is needed.
Our kindness theme for September is two fold. First we would like you to “trike” your local schools. You could take treats for the staff, a coffee gift card for your child’s teacher or extra supplies for the classroom.
Remember to attach a trike ticket so the recipient can pay it forward. These can be printed at http://www.theredtricyclebrigade.com/print-your-trike-tickets.
Secondly, we humbly ask that you make a donation to help fund pediatric cancer research at http://www.stbaldricks.org in memory of Henry Friedler.
Let’s support cancer research, our schools and our students. Who knows, maybe one of them will find a cure for childhood cancer. Perhaps it will be Henry’s older brother, Owen. He’s a 4th grader this year and he’s on a mission.
We are thrilled to announce that our friends at Insomnia Coffee have chosen our little tricycle of kindness to benefit from their annual Pastry Run. This 5k-ish fun-run is Sunday April 23rd. You may choose to run or walk (or in our case…pedal). The route starts at their Baseline shop at 2pm and finishes at their Tanasbourne shop where you will be treated with a yummy pastry. We will be out and about helping with registration and along the route. You can register at http://mkt.com/insomnia-coffee-baseline/pastry-run. The cost is $25 per person or $40 per family. A major portion from each registration will benefit our nonprofit which in turn will be used for our annual toy drive. It’s a win win so sign up today!
Pedals and Pastries equal toys and smiles for the kids at Randall Children’s Hospital.
To honor this sweet event we thought it would be fun to have this month’s kindness theme be “trike a pastry”. You could bake cookies for a neighbor, take donuts to work or even treat a stranger behind you in line at the coffee shop. All we ask is that you attach a trike ticket so they can pay it forward. Tickets can be printed for free at http://www.theredtricyclebrigade.com/print-your-trike-tickets. Then share your photos on our Facebook page!
Thanks for helping us keep this tricycle of kindness rolling…
one sweet morsel at a time!
It’s not only the eve of a brand new year but it’s also our official kickoff for Henry’s 4th Annual Red Tricycle Toy Drive. The toys we collect will all be donated to the amazing team at Randall Children’s Hospital, where Henry received all his care. We will be forever grateful for the love, support and care he received there. To help another child and family through the simple act of a toy, helps keep Henry’s memory alive. Here are a few easy ways to help:
- Buy a toy and give it to the Friedler or Griffith family (we would be happy to come pick them up if in the Portland/metro area)
- Visit our Amazon wish list. A couple clicks and you’ve made a huge difference in a child’s life (search “Red Tricycle Brigade” and the toys will be shipped directly to us)
- Make a cash donation and we will shop in your honor.
- Share with your friends and get the word out.
We will be delivering toys on February 9th…Henry’s birthday. Last year we were able to deliver a whopping 2,650 toys.
Thank you for your love, donations and support. It’s each person that gives a little that adds up to a lot!!!
Today is Friday November 11th, Veterans Day. There are not enough words to adequately express our gratitude to all the servicemen and women, past and present, who selflessly serve to protect our country. We can not be the “Land of the FREE” without being the “Home of the BRAVE!” So please accept our heartfelt thank you. We honor you today…and everyday.
A personal note and update for the President of The Red Tricycle Brigade, Pam:
Today is also 3 weeks since I lost my Dad, my hero. He was a paratrooper in the Army and one of the strongest men I knew.
I am still in shock that he is no longer here. It was only 17 days after he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma that he was gone. During the days in the ICU after brain surgery he struggled to regain the use of his left side, his ability to swallow and his speech. But the surgeon was not able to remove the entire tumor and it was just too aggressive. Yet, through it all, my dad maintained his sense of humor and graciousness. When asked how he was doing, he always answered “Pwetty good,” even though he had 65 staples in his head and no use of his left side…not to mention a dire prognosis. He showed no anger or much fear of what lied ahead. He just wanted to get home and makes those around him smile. Several times he would look me straight in the eye and say “YOU.” Since he was known for his jokes, I would answer “You-Who?”…and anxiously awaited the punchline. But then he would quickly doze off. This happened at least a half a dozen times in the hospital but was forgotten during the hectic first few days after we got him home under hospice care. Then all of a sudden, while all his grandkids were in the room, Dad decided he not only wanted to sit up in bed but to get OUT of bed (first time in 2 weeks). I truly believe he wanted to show his grandkids how strong he still was. So with the help of my brother and my son we got him up in a wheelchair and rolled over to his favorite spot.
I was kneeling by his feet looking up in his face to see his crooked smile of achievement. Then it seemed like it was just the 2 of us in the room and he whispered “YOU”. The tears began to flow because at that very moment I was reminded of the last conversation I had with my mom just 7 months earlier. She was sitting on the couch less that 10 feet away from where we sat. She didn’t have the strength to even open her eyes. But she was smiling so sweetly.
I asked what she was smiling about and she answered with a simple “YOU”. It was just a few hours later that we got her in the hospice bed and began administering meds every hour to keep her comfortable. During those last days with my mom, Dad and I had a conversation. He hugged me and thanked me for taking care of her. Then he bowed his head and said, “I hate to ask this of you, but could you do the same for me if the time comes?” Of course, without hesitation. He struggled for a moment and said “What kind of father asks that of their child?” I told him, “A father who raised his daughter with unconditional love. I love you Dad and I will be there for you in a heartbeat just like you were for me. No matter when, how or for how long.” Who knew I would be honoring that promise just a few short months later.
So after we got Dad back in bed and after all the grandkids left I was able to tell Dad again how strong he was. Then I noticed deep in his eyes how very tired he truly was. I knew then it was time for me to muster up my own strength and to tell him it was okay now to let go. “It’s time to rest, time to let us take care of you. We love you. Mom loves you and is waiting for you. And there is someone who loves you even more than we can imagine and you get to spend eternity with Him. You don’t have to be strong anymore…just rest.” Dad never opened his eyes again. But his body continued to labor for another 5 days…another testament to how strong he was.
Now we are faced with trying to move on without both our parents. It was an honor and a privilege to care for them in their last days. Now it’s our responsibility to honor their legacy and maintain their beloved farm. It’s a huge commitment and a lot of work. But they cherished their little piece of heaven on earth.
So with that being said, I will be taking a short break from The Red Tricycle Brigade. The weekly Facebook posts and the monthly First Friday kindness themes will be put on hold for a short time. But don’t fear…the brigade will continue on. Our number one event and the catalyst for creating the brigade in honor of Henry is coming up soon: the annual toy drive for Randall Children’s Hospital where Henry spent so much of his life. We will again be collecting toys in January to be delivered on February 9th. Last year we collected over 2,500 toys.
The tricycle may be parked for the time being, but we hope that what we represent…KINDNESS…will continue to roll on through all of our followers. If you feel compelled please share your acts of kindness on our Facebook page and start collecting toys now. Thanks again for your understanding, support, generosity and KINDNESS!