March 18, 2013 11:00 AM
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The "My Bike" program kicked off Friday in Indiana County through Indiana Regional Medical Center, the children’s charity Variety and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The kickoff event launched an identification and awareness campaign to seek children with disabilities who are eligible for a special bicycle. Each adaptive bike is customized for the rider and helps improve the rider’s social and physical well-being, according to information provided by the program.

Since the program started in November, more than 91 adaptive bikes have been distributed, and 240 have been sponsored. The cost to sponsor a bike is $1,800. The program covers 10 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Fayette, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.

At the kickoff event Friday were, on bikes, Brandon, 7, and Alexander Broskin, 9. In back, from left, are their parents, Angela and Chris Broskin, of Homer City; Deborah Rice-Johnson, division president of health services at Highmark and Variety board president; state Rep. Dave Reed; state Sen. Don White; and Todd Brice, IRMC board chairman.

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