Get moving with
-Avery, Wheels to Succeed Bike Recipient
About Wheels to Succeed
Founded in May 2007 by local physical therapist and cyclist, Ashley Leach, the Wheels to Succeed program provides specially adapted bikes for children with disabilities. Adapted bikes allow all children to know the joy of cycling, independence, and fitness. By riding an adapted bike, even children confined to a wheelchair can experience the joy of riding a bicycle with family and friends. The bikes also provide therapeutic benefits and are often used in therapy sessions at McMains Children's Developmental Center. Adapted bikes are very expensive, costing upwards of $6,000, and are unaffordable for most families. Wheels to Succeed alleviates this financial burden.
With the help of the late local cyclist and philanthropist Jairo Alvarez Botero, the program has raised tens of thousands of dollars through the No Such Thing As Impossible® Bike Ride. His son and McMains Children’s Developmental Center board member, Sebastian Alvarez, continues the event each year. As of today, 163 specially adapted bikes have been awarded to children in South Louisiana through this program. As a program of the McMains Children’s Developmental Center, Wheels to Succeed continues to grow our network of sponsors and partner organizations.
Meet a few of our Capable Kids
How the Program Works
** Check local city police departments to see if your bike needs to be registered **
If a child outgrows their bike, he or she can be placed on the waiting list again to receive a new bike.
Benefits of the Program
Wheels to Succeed hosts events throughout the year to raise funds and provide community events in which children can use their bikes. All the proceeds go toward purchasing adapted three-wheeled cycles for children with disabilities.
Donate to the Wheels to Succeed Program
Since we are a nonprofit program, we depend solely on fundraising, donations, and grants to purchase these bikes. The amount of bikes we are able to purchase depends on available funds. Please indicate that you would like your funds to go to Wheels to Succeed in the special instructions section of our donation page.
Frequently Asked Questions:
|How long will my child have to wait?||
Time spent waiting for a bike varies depending on:
Do I have to pay anything?
A $100 handling fee
|What are the program requirements?||
Families who receive bikes through our program are asked to agree to several criteria: