Help CDCI and Vermont AMBUCS Get Kids on Bikes this Summer!
- By Michaella Maley Collins
The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion and Vermont AMBUCS are dedicated to the belief that everyone should be able to enjoy the fun and freedom of riding a bike. Thanks to the Vermont Friends of AMBCS Chapter and AmTryke® therapeutic tricycles, Vermont children who are unable to operate a traditional bike can finally realize this wonderful experience.
This month, CDCI and Vermont Friends of AMBUCS hosted our 4th fitting event on the University of Vermont campus for 30 Children and adults with physical or developmental disabilities. The event was a great success despite the rain. All children were successful in pedaling a bike on their own, some of them for the very first time! With the help of many volunteers, 13 area physical and occupational therapists and 5 CDCI personnel, and 15 community volunteers, 30 Vermont kids were fitted for Amtrykes.
Some families ordered bikes immediately and 4 bikes will begin shipping next week. Those children and families who are in need of financial intervention to purchase bikes have been placed on our Wish List. Four children who had previously received AMTRYKES through the Vermont Chapter and had outgrown their original bikes brought them back to “Pay it Forward” and were fitted for larger bikes. The pay it forward bikes will be re- outfitted and passed on to children on the wish list. The Vermont Friends of AMBUCS is currently raising funds to try and provide bikes to 28 individuals on our wish list.
The Vermont Friends Chapter is actively looking for new chapter members who love biking, might sit on our board serve or as one of our officers, are willing to help plan fundraisers, assemble bikes for children on the wish list, contact recipients, and help out at our fitting events. If you are interested in helping us meet our mission please contact Marie MacLeod, the Vermont Chapter President at 802-496-5399 or email at Marie.MacLeod@uvm.edu.