EVERYONE CAN GIVE BACK
It is part of our mission as a company and as a family to "give back" as much as we can. We LOVE these stories because it proves that EVERYONE despite age, ability or any other factor can GIVE BACK. Read on to find out what these amazing children and adults did in their local communities!
FATWHEELS = FREEDOM
Jack Carlson just says he makes bikes. But anyone who knows him, calls him a real-life bike-MacGyver for kids with special needs.
He custom builds
tricycles that ensure anyone and everyone gets to experience the thrill
of riding a bike. Many of the children Jack helps have never been able
to walk or run on their own, let alone pedal a trike. The first time
they hop onto one of Jack's custom builds, it's a feeling of
independence they've never known. It's what many of their parents call
their "freedom ride".
Please join us as we raise money to help Jack build bikes so that even more kids can experience the FUN, FREEDOM and HEALTH benefits of adaptive cycling:
tri my best adaptive triathalon
By working as a team, each child learns that winning is not at the end
of the race, but in the journey getting there together.
We were contacted by Kelly Newman a pediatric physical therapist at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee to sponsor their adaptive Triathalon. The event pairs children with and without a disability to to complete a race together as a team, using modifications if necessary.
Here are the events:
SWIM: Children complete the swim by swimming alongside their buddy, by being pulled in a raft by their buddy or swimming with a noodle or kickboard.
BIKE: They complete the bike portion on an adaptive bike or pedaling a standard bike alongside their buddy.
RUN: To complete the run portion, children can be pushed in a wheelchair or jogging stroller. Athletes with disabilities who are able can jog or walk any part of the course, including across the finish. Race Distances:
Swim: 50 yards/ 2 laps
Bike: 0.75 mile
Run: 0.4 mile
We were so impressed and excited about this event that we pledged several sets of FATWHEELS and worked together with another local business to provide a bicycle to be used for future events.
Kristen & Avery's Christmas Smiles
At the time when most children are learning to ride a two-wheeler, Teddy Sullivan was undergoing treatment for cancer.
We met Teddy a few days before Christmas at Bronson Children's Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At age 8, Teddy had beaten cancer and was ready to ride a bike but his chemotherapy had left him weak and he had some balance issues. That's when his friend and fellow cancer survivor, Avery Kushion stepped in. Every year Avery and his twin sister Kristen, (with the help of their Mom & Dad), organize what is known as Avery & Kristen's Christmas Smiles. The family collects toys at their local school and relies on donations from the community to provide gifts for children who have to be hospitalized over Christmas. Last year alone they collected over 1200 gifts!
After hearing about Teddy's need, the kids' father, Jason Kushion, contacted us to see if we could help provide a bike and a set of FATWHEELS for him. With the help of another local business, (Daytona Construction), we were able to do just that.When the bike was presented, there were HUGE smiles, laughter, and two big thumbs up!.
These were all coming from our family as well as the hospital staff that had gathered in the room. Oh, and we forgot to mention - Teddy was pretty happy too!
Bakers For Bikes
What do muffins, bicycles, and service have in common? Well, for the St. Ann community in Nashville they go hand in hand.
We first learned about the organization when St. Ann parent and pediatric occupational therapist Tom Robertson called us to purchase a set of FATWHEELS for a recipient. Robertson’s daughter Ella Grace first planted the seed for the service project three years ago when she approached her fourth-grade teacher with the idea.Robertson, who has helped connect deserving families with St. Ann through his work at a local Nashville pediatric hospital, said the bikes can be a great gift to children in need. In many instances, children with special needs and physical limitations are less physically active than they need to be. Here's how he put it:“Having a bike can be more motivation to get outside and exercise,” he said. “It also opens up the kids a lot more for socialization opportunities.”
are so encouraged by these kids and the adults that support their
vision that we pledged 5 sets of FATWHEELS to next year's event!