Skate for Sarah

  “Keeping the Rubber on the Road”

Robichon’s will be teaching free inline skate lessons in exchange for donations to Operation Smile, an organization our former student and instructor, Sarah Gutknecht volunteered her services to as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

In March 2016, Sarah was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.   After a courageous, strong and inspiring fight with the disease, at the end of June 2017, with numerous metastases in the liver, Sarah was enrolled in hospice care given six weeks to three months to live.

Sarah instructed us to “keep the rubber on the road”.  In keeping with her desire to have us keep inline (rollerblades) rolling, ROBICHON’S is offering a thirty minute free skate lesson to individuals new to the sport and/or those needing a skills refresher. In exchange, we are asking for a donation to one of Sarah’s favorite organizations, Operation Smile.

“We love you and all of your generous  gifts you selflessly share with us, Sarah. Your smile and eyes, the windows into a soul with infinite power to heal and love. Thank you for touching us so deeply with your endless genuine care and concern for others. Rest assured, until we see you again, your legacy will continue with all those you touched and beyond.  Until then, you will be  missed” – Noelle Robichon, Skate School Director

Event Details:

Initial Free Inline Lesson Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Free Class Times:   We have a limit of ten participants per “Skate for Sarah” free class session, so please sign up early.  




Skate and Equipment Rental: We will be offering skate rental  along with wrist guards, elbow and knee pads (there is a nominal fee for rental equipment payable to ROBICHON’S skate school). We also have a very limited supply of helmets. However, for hygiene purposes, we recommend you bring your own helmet.  A bike helmet is the same as an inline helmet and works best as it should be fitted specifically for your noggin’.  For a helmet fitting guide refer to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles blog on sizing and fitting helmets.

Location: The John Rose MN Oval

In order to “keep the rubber on the road”, the John Rose Oval’s superintendent has graciously agreed to allow us to use their state of the art facility, the largest outdoor inline skate rink in the world.

Skate for Sarah Sign Up 

Registration is required.  Please use Skate for Sarah Sign up form for a Free basic lesson or skate refresher in exchange for a Donation to Operation Smile   

Donate to Skate for Sarah Fundraiser 

For those seeking to support the “Skate for Sarah” effort from afar, you are able to make donations to:  Skate for Sarah – “Keep the Rubber on the Road”.  Thank you for your support of Sarah and Operation Smile.

Baby Chimi and Sarah on an operation smile mission in Phurjoen Village, Bhutan. Photo Courtesy Nora Nord.