September 13, 2013
1st Annual Cruise & CARnival Along Allentown's Riverfront
Allentown, PA – The America On Wheels Museum in partnership with The Coco Foundation and Lehigh Valley Health Network is pleased to announce the 1st Annual "Coco's Cruise & CARnival along Allentown's Riverfront". The objective of this event is to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer.
Join us on September 14th for a day of fun, food, education, magic and music at America On Wheels Museum, 5 North Front St, Allentown. Proceeds from the day's event will benefit those children and families affected by pediatric cancer and help raise awareness of this tragic disease and the latest in treatment. The day's events will run from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM and includes:
- 9:30 am – Car Cruise will leave LVH-Muhlenberg, Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. Registration forms are available by calling America On Wheels at 610.432.4200 x10. Dash plaque will be given to the first 150 registrants (cars/trucks/motorcycles welcome). Attendees are welcomed to bring there own lawn chairs to enjoy the festivities
- 10:00 am – 4 pm CARnival festivities begin
- 10:30 am – 4 pm - Music provided by Peripheral Vision, The Olympus Corporate Band
- 10:30 am – 4 pm Children's inflatables, face painting, children's crafts, games, bingo madness, dunk tank
- 11:00 am - Presenter, Bob Swaim, will be on site at America On Wheels showcasing his collection of rare and unique bicycles. A retired and respected math teacher, Bob has been collecting unusual bikes for many years. He enjoys demonstrating them and advocates cycling as a social sport and educates people on the physical and environmental benefits of cycling. Bob will also present juggling and a special presentation on the Slinky. (additional info: Slinky is a Pennsylvania toy. Out of a spring falling on the floor the result was Slinky which they have sold 300 million).
- 11:00 am - 2:30 pm - Germ Glitter Bug demonstration provided by Lehigh Valley Health Network
- 11:30 am – 2:30 pm - The Comedy Magic of Joseph Keppel
- 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Roey's Paint Box on site
- 1:30 pm – Award presentations: Coco's Choice Award and a People's Choose Award presented for first and second place
- Food on site by Geakers Tacos, Red Rooster Roasted Corn, Funnel Cake, hot dogs and more
- Ice Cream Creations in the HubCap Café all day long to 4:00 pm
- Discounted museum admission - $5.00 Adults/Seniors, $4 students 13-16, children FREE to age 12 Coco Foundation Board President, Ali Lazaridis states "I'm excited to bring this event to the Lehigh Valley. Pediatric cancer is a daunting struggle not only for the children but also the families involved. Our organization wants to help families realize they are not alone. We believe it is important to help others experiencing the fear and tribulations associated with a cancer diagnosis.
The Coco Foundation looks forward to educating the public about the resources available to families in need. I thank LVHN-Muhlenberg and America On Wheels for their assistance in bringing this important message to our community." History: The Coco Foundation: Coco was born very spirited and full of life in 2009. At three months of age, Coco woke up with a fever. The pediatrician noticed that she had an enlarged spleen and sent her for blood work. Tests determined that Coco had a serious disease. She was sent to Children's Hospital immediately. It was determined that Coco had JMML, an extremely rare childhood leukemia. Her fight to live began. Family, friends, loved ones and business associates joined forces to raise funds for all who suffer with pediatric cancer. The Coco Foundation was founded in honor by her mother, Ali Lazaridis. The Coco Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and support to children, families and friends who have been impacted by pediatric cancer. Learn more about the foundation at www.thecocofoundation.org. About the Disease: Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia an extremely rare childhood leukemia. JMML usually affects children between the ages of 3 to 12 months and is thought to be genetic as there is no known environmental cause for the disease. Symptoms include fever, poor weight gain, rash, and an enlarged spleen. While treatment includes chemotherapy, the only known treatment that has cured JMML has always included a bone marrow/cord blood transplant. Executive Director, Linda Merkel, says "America On Wheels is proud and excited to collaborate with the Coco Foundation and Lehigh Valley Health Network in bringing this fun and educational event to life. Those of us at AOW believe that our museum is a community institution that should be an educational resource, not only about subjects associated with the transportation industry, but also about topics and issues that may affect the residents of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding region. We look forward to a continuing relationship with the Coco Foundation, LVHN and other organizations looking to provide our communities with information that can improve their health, safety and quality of life." Children's Hospital at the Lehigh Valley Hospital's Hematology/Oncology Department serves the children and their families in the greater Lehigh Valley. The multidisciplinary team caring for young cancer victims is comprised of pediatric hematologists/oncologists, pediatric nurse practitioners, certified pediatric oncology nurses, social workers, and pharmacists. Care is provided in an atmosphere that instills hope, trust and confidence. Making this life-saving medical resource even more special are the services that can be provided to them right in the valley. Also on site during the event is The Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley which is an international non-profit organization that helps people affected by cancer actively engage in their health care, regain control, connect with others and restore hope…so that no one faces cancer alone. Other organizations being represented are: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley and Camelot House for Children. Current exhibits at America On Wheels include Wonderful Woodies of Years Gone By, a 1916 Mack AB Police Paddy Wagon, a rare 2005 Ford GT, a family oriented exhibit of exquisitely restored pedal cars and over 60 other unique vehicles. Visit www.americaonwheels.org for a wealth of information.