‘Wheels to Succeed’ non-profit gives away custom made bikes

Wheels to Succeed makes custom bikes for kids with special needs

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - When parents are hit with a diagnosis that their child might have some type of disability, it can be jarring.

“When you find your child has some type of disability or even a developmental delay, you have to start thinking of different ways to make things possible,” says Anne Hindrichs, Executive Director of McMains Children’s Development Center in Baton Rouge.

That's exactly what these parents did. It's been a goal of Tranettea Williams and Heidi Temple to make their child's life as normal as possible. “When this happened, I really didn't know what her future would look like, but she has progressed and recovered so well,” Temple says.

Williams says her son, Christin, who has cerebral palsy, just recently started walking. That’s a major milestone with someone facing the same challenges. “He can take about 30 to 40 steps by himself," she says.

A big part of being a kid and enjoying what the world has to offer starts with them getting on a bike.

“It’s kind of a rite of passage to be able to ride a bike and feel that wind in your face,” Hindrichs says.

“He’s pushing and knocking down walls to be able to be as independent as he can,” Williams says.

One of 5-year-old Christin’s favorite pastimes is bike riding and he got one of his own on Sunday, thanks to the Wheels to Succeed program with McMains Children’s Development Center.

Sunday morning, the non-profit hosted their 11th Annual “No Such Thing as Impossible” Bike Ride at the Pointe-Marie Community Development Center. The bike ride helps raise money for the Wheels to Succeed program.

For the past 11 years, they’ve given away 163 bikes to kids with disabilities. Since each child’s disability varies, so do the bikes. Christin was one of two kids who walked away with a bike made to fit their needs. Hindrichs says they want to make sure every child gets to ride a bike.

“Each bike is set for the child and they can run anywhere from 2,500 all the way up to 6,000,” Hindrich’s explains.

Hindrichs says the bikes are free to the families, thanks to year-round fundraising efforts that help pay for the high costs and supply the high demand.

The center gives away at least two bikes a month and parents on the waiting list can’t wait to see their little one ride.

“This is just a really amazing experience for her because it all allows her to not feel limited about her diagnosis,” Temple says.

Donations to the Wheels to Succeed program can be made here.

Copyright 2019 WAFB. All rights reserved.