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Program equips children with special needs with bikes



PITTSBURGH - A program that equips children with special needs with new bikes just announced an expansion.

Variety’s My Bike program is adding four more western Pennsylvania counties to its list, and it’s also spreading to West Virginia.

James Hogue, 10, just got a new custom bike from the program.

“The day we got to ride together – that was probably one of the best things in my life,” said James’ sister, Krissy.   

Hogue has spina bifada and epilepsy and until recently couldn’t ride bikes with his sister.

“My James, he’s always happy except when he’s left out,” said Hogue’s mom, Mary.

Charlie LaValle heads up the bike program.

Groups sponsor the $1,800 bikes for children with disabilities.

“If you have a child with special needs, and you have to choose between all the medical equipment and supplies, it's easy for a bike to be left off,” said LaValle.

LaValle wants every child to have a bike because of the impact he has seen it have on families like the Hogues.