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Vote for AMBUCS!

 
AMBUCS is an organization that offers adapted tricycles for children with disabilities for free. These photos are of Ben on his first Amtryke -delivered in March 2006, when he was three years old.

This tricycle did so many wonderful things for Ben. Sitting upright in the tricycle allowed him to get out of the stroller and see everything he'd been missing. It also required him to use his core muscles, helping to build strength. Ben looked his age by riding, and not sitting in a stroller or being carried. His "cool ride" brought independence to Ben for the first time.


All tricycles are paid through donations from people around the nation. AMBUCS chapters raise money and awareness.

If you are interested in donating, you may view the Wish Lists in two different ways:

Wish List by State


Wish List by Date


Today I received a postcard from AMBUCS asking us to take action. The following words are taken verbatim from the postcard:

AMBUCS
was chosen this month to compete for the new Pepsi Refresh grant. If successful, we'll be able to win $50,000 to purchase AmTryke therapeutic tricycles for 100 children with disabilities on our national wish list.

Now here's how you can help us 
accomplish that goal:


Step 1: Visit www.ambucs.org/pepsivote to register and create user profile. It's free and easy to do.

Step 2:
Cast your vote to "give 100 children with disabilities AmTryke therapeutic tricycles". You may vote for this campaign once a day throughout the month of April.

Step 3: Once you've voted, make sure you let all of your friends, family and co-workers know about this campaign and encourage them to vote every day also.

Ben has outgrown his tricycle and has been on the list to receive a new one since February 24, 2010. If the Pepsi grant is awarded to AMBUCS, Ben may be in the 100 to receive his tricycle!

Please take a few moments to vote. As of right now, AMBUCS is listed #7 in the running and the top 10 get funding - we have a chance if you take action. Thank you!

Ben from this past summer.

Comments

  1. It is clear that physical activity improves the body and mind.
    The adapted tricycle is a great idea in that there is a strong component of fun in using it and that motivates kids of all ages.

    Frank Mandriota, Bayport, NY

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