About Wheels to Succeed
- Founded in 2007 by local physical therapist and cyclist Ashley Leach as a program of McMains Children's Developmental Center
- As of 2016, 135 specially adapted bikes have been awarded to children in South Louisiana through this program
- Bikes, trikes, and handcycles adapted for children with physical disabilities can cost $600 to $6,000 apiece
- Wheels to Succeed hosts events throughout the year allowing children of all abilities to participate in inclusive bike events, and allowing many children with disabilities to try out specially adapted bikes, trikes, and handcycles
About McMains Children's Developmental Center
- Established in 1954 as the Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Baton Rouge, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
- Affiliated with United Cerebral Palsy and a partner agency of the Capital Area United Way
- Provides physical, occupational, speech, and educational therapy services as well as social work and psychological services to children with disabilities
- Offers special inclusive recreation events for clients including holiday parties, the annual canoe trip, Capable Arts camp and Wheels to Succeed bike events
From Lauren Hoffmann, PT, DPT, PCS program director and physical therapist:
- "Many children with disabilities miss out on a childhood experience most of us take for granted: riding a bike."
- "Wheels to Succeed is proud to host inclusive events, welcoming children of all ability levels. We are excited that children with special needs can participate in our events and bring their friends, cousins, or siblings. Our fun rides for kids welcome all children, no matter how many wheels may be on their bikes."
From Tracy Swanner, parent of bike recipient:
- "This bike is going to be so much for our family! I used to LOVE to ride my bike when I was younger and my kids love riding too. This is going to be a way for our family to spend time together and do something fun. I am just so excited, I can't believe our dream is coming true! Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I can't even tell you how much this means to us!"
From Avery, Wheels to Succeed bike recipient:
- "Thank you so much for the bike! It's so much fun! My brother and I go on Sunday bike rides together. And thank you for letting me join the bike race. It was so fun. Thanks again."
Wheels to Succeed "Thank You" video on YouTube
The Mission of Wheels to Succeed video on YouTube
News coverage of "No Such Thing as Impossible" fundraiser event on NBC33TV
Wheels to Succeed bike footage including WBRZ coverage on YouTube
Video on McMains CDC and origins of Wheels to Succeed on YouTube