Ah, the bicycle. Without them our childhood memories would be incomplete. Many of us still bear the marks of scabbed knees, tire burns, and popped chains. For a child living away from his or her family at Glade Run, a bicycle symbolizes normalcy and opportunity. Enter Lizzy’s Bikes. Their mission is to provide new or next-to-new bicycles and helmets to economically disadvantaged children in and around our local community.
It all began with a phone call from Perry Crawford. Perry understood that Glade Run was home to about 100 children, and wondered if any of those children had a use for bicycles. Glade Run’s development department was quick to connect Perry with April Trieschock, Glade Run’s therapeutic recreation assistant director (pictured together below). What you don’t see in the photograph are the girls with helmets already strapped on waiting to take their first rides around campus. Lizzy’s Bikes used pieces of broken bikes in storage and donated they solicited to create new bicycles for some of the children at Glade Run.
Lizzy’s Bikes grew from one young girl’s wish for a bicycle for Easter into a community action program of the Mars Kiwanis Club that gave away over 100 bicycles in 2010- and have goals to give away even more in 2011. Glade Run is grateful for the partnership we have been able to develop to bring a much needed resource to the children in our care.
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