As I ride, I hope to raise enough money to purchase at least two Rifton adaptive tricycles for the youth of West Virginia. If you aren't familiar, these trikes are designed for riders with physical and mental disabilities. The trikes are customizable and different accessories can be added to accommodate a variety of special needs.
For the past 5 years, I have worked for the Science Behind the Sport program at West Virginia University. I got to experience the positive impact these trikes make on their riders for the first time in July 2016. It was a day I'll never forget! The trikes you help purchase will become property of the WVU Science Behind Cycling program such that K-12 youth from all around the state will have access to them.
As you consider making a donation, take a moment to reflect back on your memories of the freedom and independence you felt (and hopefully continue to feel) when riding a bike. Much like the folks at Rifton, I believe that, "everyone deserves the chance to ride!"... I hope you do too!
- Lisa Balbes
- Dan Wetherby
- Michael Gruber
- Dominic Lepore
- Ryan Holbert
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