Project Mobility’s Holiday Adaptive Bike Giveaway started in 2009 with a 10 year old girl named Riley. Her mom was looking to buy her husband a bicycle at The Bike Rack and came across the Hallmark Heroes video (see below). She didn’t know that Riley was behind her watching the video too. She turned around and saw Riley with tears in her eyes and she said “Mom I’m going to get a bike like that for a child this Christmas”. Her mom explained these bikes are very expensive and asked her how she was going to do that. Riley decided to write a letter and send it to the family’s Christmas card list. Riley explained, “I wrote a letter to everybody I knew and tons of people sent in checks, so I got three bikes! I helped three kid’s Christmas wishes come true!”
Once CBS News found out about Riley’s mission they aired a story and shortly after donations started coming in from across the country! Ever since 2009, Project Mobility with the help of Riley head out on Christmas Eve and surprise children with their very own adaptive bikes! It is such a surprise the parents don’t even know about it!
This year’s GNO is going to take the work that Riley started and raise enough money to surprise 4 children this year! Help Project Mobility make this magic happen again this Holiday Season by attending, sponsoring, or making a donation! Liam, Lilia, Tynan, and Owen need your help!
The Mission of Project Mobility is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, adults and wounded soldiers with disabilities. We provide the services, resources, and equipment needed to promote better health, independence, and the freedom of mobility through
About Project Mobility...
Founder - Hal Honeyman
Receiving Hallmark Heroes Award
About Holiday Adaptive Bike Giveaway...
Hal Honeyman, founder of the nonprofit organization Project Mobility, has been involved with bicycles as a sport, business, and recreation for over forty years. Hal's interest in "adaptive cycling" - bicycles for people with disabilities - was spurred when his own son Jacob, a triplet, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy after birth. Hal has always had a passion for cycling and he says, “Cycling is a rite of passage that every child should experience.” Hal was determined to find a way for Jacob to enjoy cycling with his family. After Jacob’s needs were met, Hal realized there was an enormous need to get those with disabilities on a bike so that everyone could experience the freedom of mobility. This is how Project Mobility began.
Bikes for those who have a disability go beyond mere transportation, or even health building recreation for those whose health is often fragile. These specialized bikes create a sense of freedom for those who have a disability. Bikes restore a sense of possibility and ability to those whom are often told by society that their life is about limitations and disability. Project Mobility’s mission is to provide adaptive bikes and cycling opportunities to improve the quality of life for children, adults and wounded soldiers with emotional and physical challenges. The average adaptive bike costs $4,000. Most families can't afford these bikes.
Our goal is to bring the freedom of mobility to those who
may not have had the opportunity!
Riley made it her mission to give an adaptive bike to one child, little did she know she would raise enough to surprise three!