It’s time to register for Wheels to Succeed’s seventh annual No Such Thing as Impossible Bike Ride fundraiser set for March 8 at the West Feliciana Parish Sports Park in St. Francisville.
Proceeds will benefit the Wheels to Succeed program of the McMains Children’s Developmental Center in Baton Rouge.
The program, begun in 2007, provides children with disabilities their own specially adapted bikes which can range in cost from $600 to $6,000. Each year, families can also attend free events where their children can use their bikes or get evaluated to join the Wheels to Succeed waiting list, a news release said.
In December, Wheels to Succeed reached a milestone when it awarded the 100th bike to a child with a disability in the greater Baton Rouge area.
The March 8 event celebrates the 100th bike as well as the life of event founder Jairo Alvarez, a local businessman, author and cyclist who was a supporter of Wheels to Succeed.
Known for his award-winning autobiography “No Such Thing as Impossible: From Adversity to Triumph,” it was Alvarez’s vision that all children have the opportunity to know the joy of riding a bike, including children with physical disabilities, a news release said. The fundraiser will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with adult cyclists participating in a 10-, 40- or 75-mile ride for a $40 to $50 registration donation. Two fun rides for children of all abilities will also be offered as well as an adapted bike demonstration booth.
The McMains Center has served as a nonprofit pediatric outpatient rehabilitation clinic for children with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and other physical and cognitive disabilities. The center’s mission is to guide children with disabilities toward their potential and provide them with the tools to live, work and play independently, the release said.
For more information, contact McMains at (225) 923-3420.