EAST PEORIA, Ill. — Summertime means more time outside and Easterseals is ensuring no kids are left out.
In its ninth year, the annual iCan Bike camp is helping children with disabilities learn how to ride two-wheel bicycles.
Participants attend one 75-minute session for five days while being accompanied by a volunteer spotter. Over the course of the week, the camp continually adjusts the bikes in an effort to challenge riders as they gradually discover the skill and joys of riding.
Friday was the final session.
“I’ve never seen her say ‘no’ to anything, so it’s pretty neat that she can come out here, learn how to ride the bike, do it herself and I be a small part in helping her learn how to do it,” said Andrew Heebink, family friend to Lilly, one of the participants in the program.
For some kids, it’s their first time on a bicycle. Thanks to Easterseals offering the iCan Bike program, they get five days to enjoy the learning process.