Variety is giving away 200 adaptive bikes to children with disabilities in the St. Louis area

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – diversitya children’s charity in St. Louis, re-giving away adapted, custom bikes to children with disabilities.

Variety has been providing bicycles to children with disabilities for more than 20 years. This year they are giving away more than 200 standard and adaptive bikes, giving children with disabilities the opportunity to join their siblings and friends on wheels.

“We realized pretty quickly that while these bikes might seem trivial or nice to some people, they really are vital and important and can have a dramatic impact on their lives,” said Brian Roy, Executive Director of Variety.

Katie Thies came with her family to get her son Hudson a brand new bike.

“We are so excited to be able to take him out walking around the neighborhood as a family and biking with his sister. It’s great practice for him,” she said.

Hudson is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. To this day, all he could do was sit outside and watch.

“That’s what you always imagine when you have children,” says Thies. “You expect them to enjoy their playtime together, you expect them to develop those relationships and be able to play toys together and do things outside together.”

“There’s nothing quite like having a bike,” said volunteer Charles Mitchell. “When I was a little kid, all I remember is my first bike and the freedom it gave me to ride around with my friends and explore. And I think every kid should have that.”

For the first time ever, they had to close registration due to the overwhelming response to signing up within the first week of launching the program. Variety is giving away 200 adaptive bikes to children with disabilities in the St. Louis area

Sarah Y. Kim

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