Ridgway student receives adaptive bike

Photo by Brian Stockman
Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

Aaron Hrusth, a fourth-grade student at FSG Elementary, along with his parents John and Shari Hrusth, showcased his adaptive bike at the Ridgway School Board Meeting on Tuesday.
Variety – the Children’s Charity has a mission to serve children who are less fortunate, children who live and grow up with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage. "These are extra special children who require a special kind of help," states the charity's mission statement.
Once a year, children everywhere ask Santa for a new bicycle at Christmas. This year, that wish came true for Aaron Hrusth when he was granted a new customized bicycle.
Studies have found that independent mobility is directly tied to developmental progress. The tricycles presented will "help Aaron develop much-needed motor skills giving him the opportunity to have more peer interaction as well as more cardiovascular activity," said Shari Hrusth. 
These specially adapted bikes will not only provide Aaron many years of entertainment and exercise, but it will also significantly improve his stability and trunk support helping him gain mobility.
Aaron has underlying conditions that cause Hypotonia, or poor muscle growth and lack of muscle tone in addition to some speech issues and would never have this opportunity without a customized bicycle.
Unlike most charitable organizations that focus on a single area problem or issue, Variety focuses on multiple unmet needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs at a local and national level. Their aim is to maximize the real, long-term positive social impact for all children.
Under three core programs, Variety delivers on it's promise to provide a future without limits for every child, regardless of their background or ability, and to be the most trusted and effective children’s charity in the world.
—Variety’s Care Program delivers critical life-saving medical equipment and services, healthcare and well-being to individual children and children’s health organizations.
—nVariety’s Freedom Program delivers vital life-changing equipment and services for mobility, independence and social inclusion to individual children and children’s organizations.
—Variety’s Future Program delivers crucial life-enriching communication equipment and services, education and self-esteem to individual children and children’s organizations.
Variety is looking for both sponsors and donors, but also people who would like to apply for one of their adaptive devices. Those would like to know more about the charity and services it provides can go visit their website, www.usvariety.org, for more information.