Six children from Indiana County received a specially designed bicycle Thursday through the “My Bike” program operated through Variety, a children’s charity.
Since November, 300 children with disabilities have received these bikes in Variety’s 10-county region in Pennsylvania.
Testing out their new wheels at Indiana Regional Medical Center were Matthew Pounds, 4;Trevor Smeltzer, 12; Noah McAfoos, 7; Abigail Bruner, 11; and Matthew Fletcher, 14; along with their families.
Noah McAfoos, 7, was comforted by his family while Nick Rossey, of Blackburns, adjusts his bike. Noah is the son of Ken and Bethany McAfoos, of Indiana.
Noah and John McAfoos played with Noah's new bike. They are the sons of Ken and Bethany McAfoos, of Indiana.
Bike specialists Nick Rossey, left and Jeff Rukas, fit Trevor Smeltzer, 12, on his new bike. Trevor is the son of Steve and Lisa Smeltzer, of Graceton.
Trevor Smeltzer, 12, took a few practice laps on his new bike. He is the son of Steve and Lisa Smeltzer, of Graceton.
Matthew Pounds, 4, is introduced to his new bike by his mother, Debbie Pounds, of Clymer, and bike specialist Jeff Rukas.
Matthew Pounds, 4, cheers for himself as he rode (with help from mother Debbie Pounds, of Clymer) past IRMC CEO Steve Wolfe.
Abigail Bruner, 11, and her mother, Connie, tried out a new bike. In the background are Abigail's father, Clark; sister, Elizabeth; and brother, John Clark. They are from Blairsville.
Abigail Bruner, daughter of Clark Bruner Jr. and Connie Bruner, of Blairsville, is a fan of her new bike.
Matthew Fletcher, 14, is fit to his bike by Jeff Rukas. He is the son of Amy, shown, and Allen Gornick, of Indiana.
Matthew Fletcher, 14, and mother Amy Gornick, made their first lap on Matthew's new bike.