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Youth receive adaptive tricycles through the Freedom Program

By Staff | Mar 13, 2019


With the support of Grampy’s Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Robbie’s Riders recently presented four adaptive tricycles – worth more than $8,000 – to Southwest Florida children through the Freedom Program.

“These custom-made, adaptive tricycles give extraordinary children the opportunity to experience a level of independence and freedom,” Jack Johannemann, director of Robbie’s Riders, said. “To be able to give that to a child is priceless.”

When riding the tricycles, the children benefit from general strengthening, new proprioceptive sensory input, and improved reciprocal coordination of the legs. They can now participate in activities with their families and peers, and enjoy the normal childhood experience of riding a bike.

The Robbie’s Riders program provides special adaptive bicycles and tricycles to children with disabilities, according to their individual capacities and needs. The charity works to donate special needs cycles as quickly as it can raise funds to purchase them. Working with Claire Le Boulenge, a Golisano Children’s Hospital pediatric physical therapist who donates her services, each child is evaluated and fitted for their special adaptive cycle.

Grampy’s Charities has supported Robbie’s Riders, opening up new avenues to fund raise and deliver adaptive bicycles to children with disabilities. Sanibel Captiva Community Bank partnered with Grampy’s Charities for fundraising in 2017, making it possible for Robbie’s Riders to present adaptive bicycles to Southwest Florida children.

For more information, visit www.savethekid.org.