Riding For a Reason
Alpine HME created a non-profit organization called “B in Motion” to provide charitable contributions within the healthcare community. “B in Motion” sponsors an annual bike ride called Riding for a Reason to raise proceeds to help children receive specialized rehabilitation equipment.
Alpine Home Medical, with the help of Shriners Hospitals for Children, identifies children who are in need of custom power and manual wheelchairs. Riders included local physicians, therapists, friends of Alpine and members of the Alpine-Cycle Team. A 1.8 mile youth ride left from Sunnyside Park to Guardsman Way and returned back to Sunnyside Park. Adult bikers rode approximately 80 miles. They started at Sunnyside Park (840 S. 1600 E.) and climbed Emigration Canyon and Big Mountain, then dropped down to East Canyon into Henefer, turned around and came back to Sunnyside Park. 100% of the funds raised were used to purchase and properly fit a few children with new customized power wheelchairs, including all administrative and delivery costs.
Tierra Talbot, a teenager at Shriners, was a recipient of a brand new wheelchair. Ken Kozole, Seating and Mobility Coordinator for Shriners explains, “She is going to leave Shriners in the next year and she has never had a brand new chair.” Tierra has cerebral palsy and has been using second-hand chairs through Shriners since she was seven. “This is a great opportunity for her,” Ken remarked. On November 19, 2008, Tierra Talbot received her new custom power wheelchair. “B in Motion” also provided Jacquelyn Barron a custom manual wheelchair and scooter. Jacquelyn is a delightful 14 year old young lady who was diagnosed years ago with spina bifida and severe lordoscoliosis dyplomyleia diastematomyelia. Despite these limitations Jacquelyn is a very positive, energetic young woman who enjoys school and spending time with her friends. With funds from Riding for a Reason, “B in Motion” provided Jacquelyn with a new ultra light weight wheelchair as well as a scooter which she needed for long distances at school.