EAST PRAIRIE, MO (KFVS) - It is a story of hope and inspiration as the town of East Prairie rallies around three, four-year-old cancer survivors.
A Doyle elementary teacher who knows those tough pre-school children decided to try out a trike-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
In two weeks classes more than tripled their goal, then doubled it twice.
All so kids like Hudson Cade can live to tell how they won the fight against a serious disease.
"It was in my chest, my belly, and my in my kidney," said Hudson.
Just a little boy, and yet Hudson Cade can proudly tell you how he feels about beating cancer.
"Real happy," he said.
To say the least, he's full of life.
All that energy is a miracle for his mother, Victoria.
"Look at my sons face he's alive, he's here," she said.
Hudson is among three children with similar stories of defeating the disease.
It's a monster that teacher Leslie Allgier felt the kids should never have to know.
"Definitely not at four, and they all tell me about how they did a good job at beating cancer, and I want to see others be able to do that," said Allgier.
So, Allgier, fellow teachers and parents put together the trike-a-thon for St. Jude's.
"They got fired up and they got excited and made it happen," said Allgier.
One pedal at a time, four-year-olds cruise for a cure.
Our goal was $1,000.00 and in two weeks they raised $7,172.73
Then they got a little help to push their trikes way past the finish line.
"I got a letter yesterday that said a donor would match whatever they turned in," said Allgier. "That is just amazing."
All for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, a place Victoria Cade says saved her son's life.
"I could never repay them," said Victoria. "They let me have my son through the treatment to keep him alive," she said.
Hudson's story is like so many others, children saved thanks to St. Jude and communities where even little ones will gladly pedal their way to help one of their own.
"The city of East Prairie they always come through," said Allgier.
"It's amazing it's wonderful that our community does something like this," said Victoria. "I knew they'd beat it."
Allgier says they plan to make the trike-a-thon a yearly event.