MOBILITY Variety gives children who live with special needs the chance to join in the life of their community by providing specialized bicycles, gait trainers, standers, mobile standers, specialized strollers, specialized car seats and more to families with the most need. In addition to seeing the smiles on children’s faces, the bikes offer both physical and therapeutic benefits. However, bikes can be cost prohibitive for most families. That’s why we work with physical therapists throughout the state to identify children who would greatly benefit from a specialized bike. For many children, the idea of having their own bike and pedaling freely is only a dream. Variety helps make that dream come true by providing brand new bikes, helmets and locks to children throughout Iowa. Variety bikes not only help children and families think about exercise and good health, they also provide an opportunity to talk about safety, caring for personal items and being cautious—skills for a lifetime. Specialized Bikes and More Traditional Bikes BICYCLES PROVIDE MORE THAN A WAY FOR CHILDREN TO MOVE, THEY GIVE A CHILD FREEDOM TO EXPLORE AND THE ABILITY TO BUILD FRIENDSHIPS 7