On Thursday, July 31st, Speaker of the House Tim Miley will join Variety the Children’s Charity to launch its “My Bike” Program in Harrison County in order to provide adaptive bikes to eligible children with disabilities who are unable to ride a conventional bike.
Variety will present 15 West Virginia children with their own customized adaptive bikes at the Bridgeport Conference Center while surrounded by family, friends and supporters of the program. With Thursday’s event, Variety will have presented a total of 54 bikes to children in West Virginia since “My Bike” kicked off on April 4th with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.
Variety is extremely grateful for the support of Harrison County natives Andy and Lisa Lang of Blue Dot Energy Services, who assisted in securing sponsorships for 15 adaptive bikes for Harrison County children (with the cost to sponsor one adaptive bike being $1,800). Furthermore, Variety is thankful for the support of Antero Resources Corp., who sponsored the first bike for a child from Doddridge County, which will be presented on Thursday.
Variety’s “My Bike” Program serves 10 counties in West Virginia, including: Barbour, Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor and Wetzel. Children from Doddridge, Harrison, Marion and Preston County will be presented with their adaptive bikes during Thursday’s special event.
Variety began its “My Bike” Program in November 2012 by serving children with disabilities in 10 Western Pennsylvania counties—it has since expanded to five more counties in Western Pennsylvania and to 10 counties in West Virginia. The program’s three main goals continue to be: raising awareness of the needs of children with disabilities and their families; spreading the word and identifying eligible children and raising funds for additional bikes.
The program’s launch in West Virginia was significant because it not only changed the lives of children with disabilities and their families, but it demonstrated that Variety’s “My Bike” Program is a model that can be replicated in another state and possibly throughout the nation.