GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital helped people with disabilities find a unique bicycle to fit their needs Saturday.
The annual “Bikes for the Rest of Us” assists people with disabilities get custom-made bikes to help them get out with family and friends.
A therapist helps people find the right bike for the person’s disability. Families can purchase a new bike, or some families sell old bikes that their children have outgrown.
“Perhaps you need to just use your arms, so you’d ride a hand cycle, we have vendors who provide that,” said Mary Free Bed Therapeutic Recreations Specialist Maria Besta. “We have vendors that provide bikes for kids with cerebral palsy who have four limbs effected.”
For some people getting new bikes, it’s a new way to get out and bring people together. Whitney Nelson got a new bike to ride with her brother, and also saw an opportunity to bring a community together.
“I basically like to see all the people like me, that have disabilities like me,” she said. “I don’t like staying out that much, so I like it that there are many people here like me.”
The bikes can be expensive, ranging anywhere from $800 to $5,000.
To help West Michigan families ease that burden, the Mary Free Bed Guild assists cover some of the costs for people in need. For more information on the event, visit Mary Free Bed’s website.