People everywhere are jumping on the fundraising bandwagon. Whether it’s Haiti or Katrina amazing people around the world are doing things to help. Some of these folks do it for the attention it brings them. Look at me, I raise money for charity…… but if I have the opportunity…… am I willing to get my hands dirty? Am I willing to do something I won’t receive public recognition for? Am I willing to do something just because….. the kid whose life you will affect forever??????
Who taught you how to ride a bike? I remember my father running down the street holding onto the back of mine. I remember asking him if he was holding on, and he said he was….. but his voice was too far away to be behind me. I remember being too afraid to look but I knew I was two wheeling. It was as if my Dad had sent me on my way.
I have ridden thousands of miles since. In several states and countries. There are things I see on a bike that I will never see from a car, relationships I have formed.
I met my husband while I was riding my bike.
Our son is nine years old and is still on training wheels. It’s no big deal to us, but it’s a very big deal to him. We have special adaptive equipment that we work with, attachments for his bike and a giant dose of love. My philosophy had always been…. he will ride when he is ready.
Do you understand what it is like to have very minor physical challenges as Luc does, or very big ones like many other children have? Do you ever think about what it takes to hold a pencil, turn the page of a book, feed yourself?
It took Luc months to stand on a pair of rollerskates. MONTHS. how long did it take you?
Those who don’t understand ask me if we have ever worked with Luc on a bike. If you only knew. If you only freaking knew. I won’t even give that question my time.
This weekend he will be competing in the kid’s race at the Keuka Lake Triathlon. He’s too big for training wheels. So I will be walking behind him as we ride this bike, and how much do you want to bet….. some ultracompetitive parent will accuse me of trying to give Luc an unfair advantage?
I think ”unfair advantage” would be me riding my Cervelo P2 Carbon Fiber bike with my Bontrager race wheels, and aero helmet with the tandem bike that we have attached. This is giving a kid a chance to belong.
If you are coming to the Musselman, Luc is doing the kids race there as well. He is attending the Lose the Training Wheels Camp the week before. He may very well be on two wheels by then! I hope you can give him the biggest cheer in the world. You have no clue how hard he’s been working.
Do you take your physical abilities for granted?
Luc faces a lot of challenges every single day. Do you ever think twice about being able to hold a pencil? He has to think, and he has to work at it. Do you have to think about tying your shoes? Luc does. He’s nine, can’t tie his shoes, but we are getting there. He understands that he’s just on a different path. But I will tell you this….. he appreciates these little things more than any other kid he knows.
Have you ever had the feeling that you don’t belong? Try being Luc for a day. (crazy thing is, he handles things better than 100% of adults I know…. including me). Society is not kind to kids with special needs. And let me tell you…… he’s far from being severe, imagine being a kid in a wheelchair. see how kids treat them.
We need your help. This July UNYFEAT (Upstate New York Families for effective autism treatment) is bringing an amazing camp to Rochester. It’s called Lose the Training Wheels Camp. Its for kids of all ages who face challenges….. much like our son Luc faces…… here these kids learn to ride bikes. TWO WHEELERS.
When this camp announced it was coming to RIT the week of July 5th, I needed to learn more. It’s an incredible program that began with one camp and is expanding throughout the country,
Do you understand the freedom two wheels provides for every person in the world? If it means that much to me as an able bodied person, what does it mean when kids like Luc can ride two wheels?
I imagine it’s the closest thing to flying and being free from the disabilities that these kids face.
I personally will do anything in the world to help them find that feeling.
Check out this video for exactly how they train these kids to ride two wheels. Get your Kleenex out! This is Sarah’s journey, watch the whole thing…. she gets her wheels!
Please consider the gift of your time. Money is a wonderful thing, it helps these causes continue, but nothing replaces and is more amazing than the gift of your time. we need volunteers to help run this camp so that each child has the opportunity to gain their wheels.
Can you donate one hour on one day? can you donate one hour for five days? Camp is Monday through Friday, there are several 75 minute sessions throughout the day. The first one begins at 8:00am. Please consider giving an hour to come and help. Please consider donating your lunch hour for one small week of your life.
Camp is located at the Rochester Institute Of Technology here in Rochester.
I know, during the work week is difficult. It’s not easy for my family either, but it’s a cause that’s worth it.
If you are interested in donating an hour or donating 20, please send me an email, maryeggers ”at” gmail ”dot” com. Obviously you need to be local. You can donate one hour, one day, the whole week.
This is a cause that I believe so much in. That my company Train-This is adopting, and I hope you will as well.
Here is the link to the program: http://www.unyfeat.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22:lose-the-training-wheels&catid=1
Please consider donating your time. Together, imagine what we can do. we can help these kids get their wheels.
Imagine this: 30 years from now a child you helped get their wheels, teaches their child how to ride a two wheeler. Their child asks them when they learned to ride their bike. They reflect on a wonderful week of their life, when some stranger gave up a part of their day. They will remember your name.