Beaumont Health Distributes Custom Bikes to Children with Disabilities

In May, the Children’s Miracle Network and Beaumont Health installed new custom bikes for children. On Saturday, these children were able to try out their new rides.

“The wait is finally over. They can pick up their wonderful bikes today,” said Charlotte Alex, director of the Children’s Miracle Network at the Beaumont Health Foundation.

Children’s Miracle Network raised $200,000 by giving away 100 custom bikes on Saturday for children with disabilities.

“We’re ready. We’re going for a bike ride today. This time the kids weren’t just trying out a new bike. They were taking it home,” said Courtney Sanchez, whose daughter got a new bike thanks to the Children’s Miracle Network.

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Her daughter Maci is non-verbal and has taken her new ride like a pro.

“It’s crazy how personalized it is,” Sanchez said. “It fits her well.”

Davonne Jr. is another kid who picked up a pick on Saturday.

“He’s going to want to know everything that works on the bike,” said his father, Davonne Sr. “He’s going to kick the tires, so to speak. Him and I are probably going to be bike experts together.

Davonne Jr. has autism and is naturally curious.

“You are happy when someone does something good for you,” Davonne Sr. “When someone does something for your children, you can’t really explain it. I don’t have the words for it.”

100% of the money raised by Children’s Miracle Network goes to families in the community.

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