GIFT OF LIFE

Looking for a way to spend time with your family that supports a good cause -- and gets your heart pumping? Sign up for a walk, run or bike ride to raise money and awareness. To zero in on a topic, think about whether you have a friend or family member struggling with a serious health issue, and champion that. Many events raise funds to ensure quality care and find cures for diseases such as cancer, juvenile diabetes or ALS. But you can also find walks/runs/bike rides to fight hunger, animal rescue, literacy, housing and even hospice. Consider making the event an annual family tradition.

Talk to your child: Why do groups raise money by having walks or runs? Why is it important to raise money to fund research to fight disease?

Book to share: Little Critter: My Trip to the Hospital by Mercer Mayer. Ages 4-8. Little Critter must go to the hospital for the first time when he breaks his leg during a soccer game.