PITTSBURGH - Governor Tom Corbett announced a new program Monday intended to provide bicycles to those in need.
Corbett teamed up with Variety: the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh on the program called “My Bike.”
Corbett said the program will provide adaptive bicycles to children with disabilities in the 10-county greater Pittsburgh area to increase their mobility and encourage play.
Cody Conley, who uses a wheelchair because he needs help walking, was one of the recipients of an adaptive bike Monday.
“Everyone thought he was just a kid in a wheelchair. A disabled child,” Cody’s mother, Kim Conley, said.
But Kim Conley said the bike allows her son to be independent and feel like a typical kid.
Variety CEO Charlie LaVallee said the bikes cost about $1,800 each.
“Today’s going to make a dramatic change for kids with disabilities,” LaVallee said.
Aubrey Boyle also got one of the first 51 bikes given out.
“She deserves everything a typical kid deserves, and bikes like these are cost prohibitive. So for Variety to give us this, we’re very appreciative,” Boyle’s father, Jerry Boyle, said.
Variety, who said they work will any and all organizations, and Corbett are hoping to give out 200 adaptive bikes by Christmas. They said it's possible if individuals and organizations made a commitment to sponsor a bike.