Wheels To Succeed Gifts Two New Bikes!
Jun 09, 2020
Recently, two of our kids got their own set of wheels! Kyleigh and Makenzie both received their bikes through our Wheels to Succeed program.
“One of the reasons I was so emotional is this is just her second bike ever,” said Angela, Kyleigh’s mom. “Her only other bike was one with training wheels.”
The Wheels to Succeed program began in 2007 when therapist and avid cyclist Ashley Leach identified the need of helping families cover the costs of these specially made, adaptive bikes so that children of all abilities can know the joy and independence of cycling. These bikes can cost several thousand dollars, putting them out of financial reach of many families. Through Wheels to Succeed, we cover most of the cost with the family paying only a nominal fee.
In 2008, Wheels to Succeed got a major boost when local philanthropist and cyclist Jairo Alvarez Botero threw his support behind the program by helping to establish the No Such Thing As Impossible® bike ride. Through the annual ride – held each spring – along with the generous support of private donors, more than $500,000 has been raised to purchase more than 170 bikes. When Jairo passed away, his son, Sebastian, carried on his father’s legacy as a way to honor Jairo’s vision of every child knowing the joy of riding a bike.
“It means so much, not only to Makenzie, but to the whole family that she can be like other kids,” said Makenzie’s grandmother, Debra. “It’s truly a blessing.”
While this year’s No Such Thing As Impossible bike ride was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are already in the planning stages for the 2021 event. Keep checking our website and social media for updates or to make a donation!