Proceeds from annual fundraiser used to purchase specialized equipment
(SALT LAKE CITY) A group of outpatients at Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Salt Lake City received their own adaptive bicycles — along with a good dose of inspiration — at the hospital's first-ever Bear Cub Challenge. The event was organized by the hospital's recreation and physical therapy departments in partnership with Think Outside Children's Charity, sponsors of the annual Bear Pa Challenge bicycle ride.
Earlier this year, Bear Pa riders and sponsors donated more than $5,000 to purchase adaptive bicycles for patients who need help with balance, strength training and endurance.
After a pancake breakfast and motivational speech, Bear Pa riders joined the patients on the Bear Cub course, taking laps around the hospital parking lot, only stopping briefly to spray their therapists with silly string.
The kids were thrilled to get their very own bicycles, and Pa Bear riders encouraged them to train hard and continue working on their therapy exercises.
For more information about the Bear Pa Challenge go to bearpachallenge.com.