AMBUCS Competing for Pepsi Prize

Pepsi is giving away money each month to fund ‘great refreshing ideas’ and this month AMBUCS is competing to win $50,000.  That money will be used to provide 100 AmTryke Therapeutic Bikes to children with special need throughout the country.  My daughter Emma received hers last Christmas and loves to ride all over the neighborhood now that the weather is nice.  If you would like to learn more about these special kids or even sponsor a bike for a child yourself you can view the wish list at ambucs.org

You can vote for the AmTryke idea once a day until the end of April at which time voting will be closed and each of the top 10 ideas will receive $50,000 from Pepsi.

For more information and to vote please visit: http://www.refresheverything.com/amtrykesforchildren

All-In for United Cerebral Palsy

The United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament will be held at UCPN on Saturday, May 22, 2010.  Sign-in begins at 4pm and the tournament will start promptly at 5pm.

Ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly to programs and services at UCPN.  And it goes without saying, UCPN is an accredited charity and meets all standards set by the Better Business Bureau.

There will be great prizes including flat screen TVs (do people still give away those old tube TVs?) and timeshare stays to the top ten finishers.  The Grand Prize valued at $14,000 is an entry into the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event in July in Las Vegas!  The Grand Prize includes airfare and a week’s stay.  The tournament in Vegas runs from July 5th to July 17th so if you do well you’ll need to find additional accommodations for another week but hey, if you’re that good, I don’t expect that to be a problem.

For more information and to register online please visit www.ucpn.org

Bike Day Creates Good Foundation

The Long Island Bike Day event held last week helped create a good foundation to set-up demo sites and provide therapeutic bikes to special kids throughout Long Island. 

Thank you to everyone who participated with a special thanks to Kelly at United Cerebral Palsy, Deb at OneCare PT and of course, our friends at AMBUCS for bringing all the wonderful bikes all the way out to Long Island for everyone to experience.

We hope to have the first bikes delivered by Christmas!  If you would like to donate to help more children get bikes of their own please visit our Long Island Bike Donation  page.  If you are not from Long Island, we’d encourage you to visit the National Wish List  and help a child from your area.

Thank you.

Mark Anderson

Long Island Bike Day Next Tuesday

The time is near and numerous models of therapeutic tricycles and an assortment of accessories will be heading to Long Island.  Next Tuesday, November 10th at United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County in Roosevelt we’ll be hosting a special Bike Day event to see those tricycles in action. 

In order for a child to qualify to receive an AmTryke they must first be evaluated by a licensed physical therapist.  To help make that happen the first portion of our event will focus on training any and all local therapists on how to do exactly that. 

Once that is done parents and children will be invited to join us for an evaluation and the children get to take the tricycles for a ride!  Once qualified they will be added to our list and those with the greatest need will receive their AmTryke hopefully within a few weeks.  If we cannot find enough local donors to help provide all of the tricycles, the children will be added to the national wish list and should receive support within a few months time.

Everyone involved is volunteering their time to make this a special event and to help every child who could benefit from a therapeutic tricycle get one of their very own.

Long Island AmTryke Inservice

Little girl on her AmTryke
Little girl on her AmTryke

United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County will be playing host to an exciting AmTryke Inservice on November 10th.  Therapists will be  given an opportunity to see the various bikes up close, understand the benefits and learn how to fit and evaluate their clients for an AmTryke.  Riders will also get the chance to be evaluated by a therapist and take an actual bike for a test ride.

This is a very special event as it is rare to have the manufacturer and therapists along with a huge assortment of bikes and accessories all together at one time so close to home.  So please mark November 10th on your calendar!

Please click here to register or ask a question!

 

What is an AmTryke?

AmTryke Therapeutic Tricycle
AmTryke Therapeutic Tricycle

The fun and freedom of riding your own bike is something everyone should be able to enjoy. Now, thanks to the AmTryke® therapeutic tricycle, even individuals who are unable to operate a traditional bike can finally realize this wonderful experience.

Established in 1994, AmTryke®, LLC is a company owned and operated by National AMBUCS™, Inc. AMBUCS is a national non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. 

To date, over 9,400 AmTryke vehicles have been distributed around the world. The majority of these trykes are purchased by volunteer members of the AMBUCS organization and donated free of charge to financially-needy children.

These unique tricycles, which can be hand and/or foot operated, are designed to accommodate riders of all ages, sizes, and varying degrees of physical limitations.

Both physical and occupational therapists acknowledge the AmTryke tricycle’s many therapeutic benefits, citing improved motor skills, strength development and self-esteem.

Helping kids go places!