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.”

We couldn't agree more and we are SO encouraged by the efforts of these amazing students and the adults who are supporting their vision, that we have partnered with them and helped provide 5 special kids with new adaptive bikes.

Avery & Kristen'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!