David Baker and Stationary Bike

David Baker, Seattle Children's thrift store receiving manager, rode a stationary bike outside the Shoreline, Kent and Port Townsend stores to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

Seattle Children's thrift stores have joined the fight against childhood cancer. Each store joined Research Champions, a donor recognition program at Children's, by raising $2,500 for cancer research.

Thrift store staff made the decision to support research after hearing from Children's Dr. Mike Jensen, who has developed a T-cell therapy that "reprograms" the body's own immune system to kill cancer cells. Such immunotherapy may eventually achieve a much higher success rate than those seen with current treatments, without the side effects associated with radiation and chemotherapy.

Stores held themed parties, stationary-bike-a-thons and raffles to raise funds, and they will continue to display canisters to encourage cash donations from shoppers. The combined efforts of the six stores raised $15,000. Support our thrift stores' continued efforts by visiting one of their six locations.