November 26, 2018
In April, more than 1,500 riders came together for the Sanford Health Foundation’s 22nd annual Great American Bike Race. These bikers collectively rode more than 8,000 miles and raised funds for children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other related childhood-onset conditions permanently affecting development.
Thanks to this outpouring of support, more than $380,000 has been disbursed this year to families across the region.
Every dollar assists with the cost of specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, communication devices and adaptive tricycles, as well as other costs not covered by insurance, easing the financial burden for families in central and western North Dakota.
Fund recipients are selected by the GABR fund disbursement committee, which meets four times a year to review applications. Since 1997, more than $3.5 million has been disbursed, allowing young people to live fully and reach their full potential.
In these notes from families who recently received funds, you can see how much this support truly means:
We are so thankful for your assistance in purchasing our wheelchair accessible van and Rifton Activity Chair. The van makes getting our Lily here and there so much easier and safer. She is able to do so much in her activity chair … play, eat and socialize all in our home. Our sincere thanks!
Ross, Nicole, Cash and Lily
Thank you for your generous donation to help me purchase my elevation, recline and light kit on my power wheelchair. I use the elevate feature in my lab classes at Minot State University. I use the light kit to maneuver around campus and the recline to alleviate back pain. This chair has helped me live a life I love.
Youssef loves his bike. He is able to go down the block with his brothers now and is very comfortable on it. What a difference this has made in his life.
Thank you again!