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Beaumont Children’s Hospital ‘Bike Day’ 2015

When

Friday, June 19
9:30 to 11 a.m.

Where

Northwood Shopping Center- 13 Mile and Woodward/Southwest corner
Safety City U.S.A.
30955 N. Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Who

  • Children with special needs picking up customized bicycles
  • Parents/guardians of children with special needs
  • Representatives from bike distributors
  • Wendy Nicholls, coordinator, Beaumont Pediatric Rehabilitation Bike Day

What

For the 117 children with special needs participating in the 2015 Beaumont Children’s Hospital “Bike Day,” it’s all about fun. For many, it’s their first bicycle.Thanks to generous funding from organizations like Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, each child receives a customized bike at no charge. The Kevin Degen Open Road Foundation of Birmingham is a new funding partner for 2015.

Since its inception 11 years ago, more than 600 bikes have been distributed to families across Southeast Michigan.

Why

  • The gift of a bike can benefit each child both physically and socially.
  • “These unique bikes help each child. The physical benefits include building endurance and muscle strength and improving disassociation of both upper and lower extremities,” says Wendy Nicholls, coordinator of Bike Day. “Psychosocial benefits include participating in an age-appropriate, skill activity with their peers as well as being included in a great family activity.”
  • Customized bikes for riders with special needs are unavailable at most bike shops and can cost thousands of dollars.

Video/Photography

  • Children will be test riding their bikes in a secure area
  • Bike techs will be completing final adjustments
  • Parents/children, along with bike techs have been identified and are willing to interview