It was a day of pure joy on April 4, 2014, as U.S. Senator Joe Manchin joined Variety – the Children’s Charity and Robert Kozel, CEO, Mountaineer Keystone LLC (now Arsenal Resources) to kick off Variety’s “My Bike” Program in West Virginia and also present 27 adaptive bikes to children in West Virginia.
Stephanie, mother of Isabella, explained how this bike would impact her daughter by saying,
“This bike will give Isabella opportunity, as she is a very independent little girl and always wants to do new things. We are all very excited about the possibilities this bike will create.”
The launch of “My Bike” in West Virginia is significant because it will not only change the lives of children with disabilities and their families in West Virginia, but also further demonstrate that Variety’s “My Bike” Program in Western Pennsylvania is a model that can be replicated throughout the nation.
“This one-of-a-kind program will provide some of our children in West Virginia living with disabilities the experience of riding a bike,” Senator Manchin said during the April 4th kick off. “The joy they will have when riding their new bikes is priceless. I am incredibly thankful to Variety the Children’s Charity for bringing this project to our state.”
Mountaineer Keystone LLC (now Arsenal Resources) is the Founding Sponsor of Variety’s “My Bike” Program in West Virginia, and during the kick off event, Robert Kozel explained that this program is important to him personally, as it is to honor his aunt and godmother who lived with polio, which significantly impacted her mobility.
Mr. Kozel went further to announce that Mountaineer Keystone LLC (now Arsenal Resources) would sponsor one adaptive bike for every well drilled in West Virginia and that it is his hope that this commitment would spread to his peers.
West Virginia Founding Sponsor: