Arlington iCanShine Bike Camp 2016
April 18-22

Participant on bike being assisted by volunteer Most of us can remember when we rode a bike for the first time -- riding a bicycle is a rite of passage that opens gateways to opportunities for freedom, independence, healthy living, and connection that we all take for granted. Children with disabilities don't take this for granted and in many cases don't even believe it is possible. As the coordinator for the past three years of Arlington iCanShine Bike camp and parent of a now 14-year-old who learned to bike through the program, I witnessed firsthand the joy of participating in bike camp for my daughter and the other riders who participated. The long term benefits for health and physical activity, independence, green transportation, confidence boosting, happiness, and community inclusion continue on in our riders lives as a result of camp. With a wait list last year of over 100, I have committed to bringing ICanShine Bike Camp to Arlington again, serving as camp coordinator and making this the fourth year of what we hope will continue to be an annual event to benefit our deserving community members.

iCanShine is a national non-profit organization teaching individuals (8+) with disabilities to learn to independently ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its iCanBike program. Each year iCanBike teaches over two thousand riders across the country how to ride a bike. They do this via week-long camps. Using specialized equipment, trained professionals who travel to bring the program to local communities, and energetic volunteers, our riders receive 75 minutes of daily instruction over five days. During those five days, miracles happen. Over 80% of the riders learn to ride a bicycle independently by the end of the week; others leave camp with the support needed to get the rest of the way.

Please help us make this a reality!
Participant biking independently outdoors

ICanShine conducts 100 bike camps each year throughout the U.S.and Canada. This unique program would not be possible without the fleet of one-of-a kind adaptive bicycles and the two full time professionally trained staff that travel with the program . Our staff spend the week with our riders delivering a specialized instructional program, leading to each rider's success.

The total cost of bike camp will be approximately $12,000. Half the expenses are met by registration fees, but to keep camp financially accessible to as many as possible, we award a 50 per cent scholarship to all participating families. We believe that learning to ride a bicycle should not be a luxury. We will be raising the remaining funds via donations and community support. Please consider donating whatever amount fits your budget, or make a group donation through a collection taken at work! Our goal is to raise $6,000 in total to bring bike camp to reality.

There are many options for sponsorship. For example:

Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our efforts to bring this amazing program to our community. In addition to donating via PayPal, checks can be sent to: Arlington iCanShine Bike Camp / 90 Summer St. / Amherst, MA 01002

Many thanks for your support, and please feel free to forward this link to anyone else who might be interested in making a financial contribution to the program.


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