FAIRMONT — Most children just want to feel like their peers.

They want the feeling of going outside, feeling the wind and breathing fresh air, all as they pedal down streets on a cool bicycle that will make their friends jealous.

For kids with disabilities, these sensations may rarely be experienced, if at all.

But Variety the Children’s Charity, in partnership with the Disability Action Center, has a program to give children those experiences.

“Through the ‘My Bike’ program, children and families who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to ride a bike or be able to afford an adaptive bike are given the opportunity to be on an even playing field with their peers and do things all children want to do,” said Julie Sole, executive director of the Disability Action Center in Fairmont. “That’s riding a bike.”

Find the full story in Wednesday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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