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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
press photo by dana grubbThe Grinch is among the motorcyclists leading a Tucker’s Toy Run convoy of over 630 bikers from Northampton to St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Fountain Hill campus. press photo by dana grubbThe Grinch is among the motorcyclists leading a Tucker’s Toy Run convoy of over 630 bikers from Northampton to St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Fountain Hill campus.
Tucker’s Toy Run is organized to commemorate the life of Tucker Stuart, an avid motorcyclist who died in a 2011 motorcycle accident. Tucker’s Toy Run is organized to commemorate the life of Tucker Stuart, an avid motorcyclist who died in a 2011 motorcycle accident.
Participants in this year’s Tucker’s Toy Run are treated to refreshments upon their arrival at the St. Luke’s campus. Participants in this year’s Tucker’s Toy Run are treated to refreshments upon their arrival at the St. Luke’s campus.
press photos by dana grubbRiding the farthest to participate in this year’s event are Tammy Belldina, Jamie Burch and Doug Burch from Morgantown, W.Va. press photos by dana grubbRiding the farthest to participate in this year’s event are Tammy Belldina, Jamie Burch and Doug Burch from Morgantown, W.Va.

Tucker’s Toy Run delivers to St. Luke’s University Health Network

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by dana grubb Special to The Press in Local News

Recently over 630 motorcyclists made their annual ride through the Lehigh Valley, from Northampton to the Fountain Hill campus of St. Luke’s University Health Network, participating in the seventh Tucker’s Toy Run to deliver nearly 1,000 toys for the hospital’s pediatric patients.

Organized by Rick Nauman, the annual event is a tribute to Tucker Stuart, a motorcyclist who died in a 2011 motorcycle accident.

Four vehicles filled with toys accompanied the bikers, who in some cases also transported toys on their motorcycles. The donations were loaded into cribs and bins from which they were distributed to pediatric patients throughout the St. Luke’s network.

Each year, anticipation builds as the impressive convoy of motorcycles approaches on Ostrum Street, escorted by public safety vehicles from most of the communities they pass through. Bikes are decorated for Christmas and many carry riders along for the uplifting experience and a few celebrities like Santa Claus, one of Santa’s elves and even the Grinch.

St. Luke’s staff offered refreshments to the participants, three of whom came from as far away as Morgantown, W.Va. this year.

Nauman announced to hospital officials and riders that Tucker’s Toy Run would return for an eighth year in November 2018.