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WICHITA, Kan. - Cargill Meat Solutions here recently teamed up with Lose the Training Wheels, Inc. and the Independent Living Resource Center to help children living with disabilities learn something that many other might take for granted: How to ride a bicycle.
Lose the Training Wheels is a nationwide traveling camp that teaches children how to ride a bike without the aid of training wheels. In six years of operation, the camp has successfully taught more than 3,000 disabled children how to ride. Cargill donated more than $10,000 to bring the camp to Wichita.
Seventy Cargill volunteers became bicycle instructors for four days during the camp, and they helped 41 children learn how to ride a bike.
Medical studies have proven that children with disabilities who learn to ride a bike experience improved mental and physical health, as well as the freedom and independence that comes from being able to ride a bike like their peers.
"This event was a great opportunity for kids to gain independence, get exercise and just have a good time," said Norman Bessac, v.p./marketing and key account manager with Cargill Meat Solutions.
In addition to the more than 500 volunteer hours to teach the children, Cargill also donated an end-of-camp barbeque for all of the students, their families, and the volunteer instructors.