Nonstop Impact in August & September!
Things look a lot different this October than they did last year.
However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the impact that Variety is creating for kids with disabilities by providing them with customized adaptive bikes, adaptive strollers, and communication devices!
I hope you can take a few minutes to read some recent stories of how we are changing the lives of our kids and their families through THE GIFT OF MOBILITY!
“The best day of my life.” – Arabella’s dad
After 5-year old Arabella received her new adaptive bike (pictured above), her dad Doug was overcome with gratitude, as he said, “This is awesome, this is the best day of my life right now, absolutely. THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE. This is going to raise Arabella’s spirits so high. This little girl is going to feel like she is part of everybody else. When we wanted to go for bike rides, she would have to ride in the buggy. Now she can ride her bike.”
Check out Arabella riding in this piece by WNEP-TV: https://www.wnep.com/article/news/local/lycoming-county/kids-in-lycoming-county-receive-adaptive-bikes/523-81ab322d-fb6a-44ee-8b26-27c008f0f1fe
“Can we ride all day?” – Blayne
12-year old Blayne had an extra-special day as he started high school, and then after going to school, he got to ride his new bike for the very first time. He said to his mom as he rode around the parking lot, ”Can we ride all day?”
His mom Ashley described how much this bike would mean by saying, “This will be life-changing. He wants to be independent and he will be able to ride with his friends and brothers (Blayne is a twin) and, as a family, we love the outdoors and we love riding bikes.”
Read more about Blayne in this Northcentral PA news article – https://www.northcentralpa.com/news/local/local-childrens-groups-hold-equipment-giveaway-for-kids-with-disabilities/article_49b649ac-eb91-11ea-86a7-17d4540ba367.html
New Found Freedom for Natalie & Samantha
Pictured above are Samantha on the yellow bike and Natalie on the pink bike. Two of Samantha’s siblings received bikes last month, and now they will all be able to ride together.
Natalie’s mother, Ranah, reminded us of how important inclusion and accomplishment are, when she said, “We want Natalie to be able to do what any other kid can do, and now she can do it.”
We’ll name it, “Big Blue!”
When 15-year old Justan received his new adaptive stroller (pictured above), his mom Megan shared, “He can only walk about 20 feet with his walker. He is a very social boy who loves to be out. The stroller will allow us to safely and easily transport him. It is lightweight enough for us to handle, yet strong enough to support his thighs and weight. He feels safe in it and has named it ‘BIG BLUE’. . . I could just cry I am so happy for him.”
THANK YOU for sharing in the joy of our families!