Get moving with

Wheels to Succeed

Join us in providing children with disabilities their own specially adapted three-wheeled bikes and opportunities to ride these bikes at free events.

 

“Thank you so much for the bike!  It’s so much fun!  My brother and I go on Sunday bike rides together.  And thank you for letting me join the bike race.  It was fun!  Thanks again!” -Avery, Wheels to Succeed Bike Recipient

 

About Wheels to Succeed

Founded in May 2007 by local physical therapist and cyclist, Ashley Leach, the Wheels to Succeed program provides the costly expenses to purchase specially adapted bikes for children. With the help of the late local cyclist and philanthropist Jairo Alvarez Botero, the program has raised tens of thousands of dollars through the No Such Things As Impossible Bike Ride ®.  His son and McMains Children’s Developmental Center board member, Sebastian Alvarez, continues the event each year. As of today, 152 specially adapted bikes have been awarded to children in South Louisiana through this program. As a program of the McMains Children’s Developmental Center, Wheels to Succeed continues to grow our network of sponsors and partner organizations. 

 

How the Program Works

 

** Check local city police departments to see if your bike needs to be registered **

If a child outgrows their bike, he or she can be placed on the waiting list again to receive a new bike.

 

Benefits of the Program

 

Events

Wheels to Succeed hosts events throughout the year to raise funds and provide community events in which children can use their bikes. All the proceeds go toward purchasing adapted three-wheeled cycles for children with disabilities.


 

 

Donate to the Wheels to Succeed Program

Since we are a nonprofit program, we depend solely on fundraising, donations, and grants to purchase these bikes. The amount of bikes we are able to purchase depends on funds available. Please indicate that you would like your funds to go to Wheels to Succeed in the special instructions section of our donation page.

Join us in our efforts to provide children with WHEELS TO SUCCEED! 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will my child have to wait?

Time spent waiting for a bike varies depending on:

  • Available program funds
  • The child’s size
  • The type/cost of the bike needed
  • Family participation in Wheels to Succeed events. 

Do I have to pay anything?

A $100 handling fee

What are the program requirements?

Families who receive bikes through our program are asked to  agree to several criteria:

  • Family will care for the bike and have secure storage for the bike, such as indoors, in a garage/shed, or locked up
  • Caregivers demonstrate understanding of basic bike safety, such as using a helmet and providing appropriate supervision or assistance
  • Family will register the bike with the city’s police department, if applicable
  • Child and family will attend Wheels to Succeed bike events when available
  • Child and family will allow pictures and news/media coverage of participation in Wheels to Succeed events
  • If the bike is no longer used for any reason, the family will donate the bike back to the program to be refurbished for another child

 

 

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors for the

No Such Thing as Impossible ® Bike Ride Event!

The McMains Center extends their gratitude to these local businesses. Their support gives children “Wheels to Succeed!”