More than a dozen local children are receiving a special gift.
Marcel Wofford is one of the more than 1800 kids to receive an adaptive bike, stroller or communication device since 2012. Today another 15 local children with disabilities receiving the same gifts, thanks to Variety, the Children’s Organization, Saint Vincent Hospital, and Erie County.
These instruments stretch far beyond the joy of riding. “He’s met so many people,” says Nancy Lydic, Guardian, “and it’s important for him to get out and meet people; he loves people. But, it’s given him the confidence that other people are supporting him, too, and encouraging him to do what he can do with his bike.”
According to a statement from Variety, there are three different programs that kids can benefit from including:
Variety’s “My Bike” Program, which currently provides Rifton adaptive bikes to eligible kids to give them freedom, joy and belonging created through a bike
Variety’s “My Stroller” Program, which currently provides Kid Kart Might Lite adaptive strollers to eligible kids to give them ‘on the go’ mobility and easily participate in activities in the community
Variety’s “My Voice” Program, which provides communication devices (currently an iPad with a prescribed communication app) to eligible kids to give them a voice at all times.
If you know a child that could benefit from an adaptive bike, stroller, or communication device, you can reach out to Variety. “It is our hope to identify every eligible child in the area,” says Variety, “so that they are no longer left out, left behind, or isolated.”