Thirteen children will ride bikes for the first time, thanks to the local My Bike program.

Children with disabilities from Monongalia, Preston, Harrison and Marion Counties received adaptive bikes on June 2. at Mountaineer Mall. Each unique bike fits the needs of each child.

The program comes from a partnership between Variety – The Children’s Charity and Playworks.  

With these new bikes, children can ride alongside their friends and siblings, something they couldn’t do before.

“We all want to belong, and that’s what they’re getting today, and some sense of freedom,” said Charlie LaVallee, CEO of Variety. “There’s many things these kids can’t do, so this is one more thing they can do, and they feel good about themselves. I think every child wants to feel proud of himself or herself.”

Nearly 100 children in West Virginia have received bikes from the My Bike program.  Click here to learn more about the program.