75 KIDS – 75 BIKES – 75 YEARS June 30, 2016 6:35 PM

bike1 Evan  IMG_1098

Join Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California kick-off their 75th Anniversary with a special event!

In honor of its 75th Anniversary, Variety of Southern California is giving away 75 adaptive bikes to 75 Southern California kids with disabilities. Many of these children cannot walk on their own, so when they receive a bike specially designed for their needs, their disabilities fade away and they experience the pure joy of riding a bike like any other kid.  These adaptive bikes are not covered by insurance and out of reach financially for most families.

Variety’s Mobility Program provides confidence, freedom, and much-needed therapeutic exercise to children with disabilities by providing specially-designed adaptive bikes.

From Evan’s Mom:

Evan’s therapist took him outside to ride his trike the other day and during that time my grandma called. Because she couldn’t hear Evan in the background, she asked where he was. I answered, “He’s outside riding his tricycle.” After that we both paused, and I almost started crying because it was the very first time in his life, that I got to say that my son was doing something that a typical kids his age would be doing.”

From Neo’s Mom:

12 year old Antoneo (“Neo”) has had 11 surgeries. He first tried a tryke at Children’s PT to help strengthen his leg muscles. I cry now as I remember the smile, a look I have never seen before. Although he was exercising, all he knew was a feeling of normalcy. He has asked over and over for a bike, scooter, whatever so he could experience what other kids take for granted. I can’t thank you all enough.

Serving Children in Southern California for 75 Years   #varietysocal75

To learn more about Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California, Click Here