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WDBJ7 FOLLOW UP: Kids with disabilities learn how to ride a bike at Roanoke clinic

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:37:58 AM EST   Updated On: Aug 23 2013 03:54:49 PM EDT

This week, a group of kids in Roanoke are tackling what's simple for most of us: they're learning how to ride a bike.


We told you earlier this week about the iCanShine bike camp in Roanoke this week.

iCanShine is a national non-profit that teaches kids with developmental disabilities how to ride bikes.

Monday, we introduced you to a few brave kids trying the program.

We caught up with them today, and they did it.

Ben Gann's mother Marjie says seeing her son riding a bike on his own was emotional,

"It's not very often that I get choked up but, this success is a big one for us," she said.

iCanShine representatives tell us they had around 30 kids in the program this week and 20 of them learned how to ride.


Whether we realize it or not, we take simple things for granted.

This week, a group of kids in Roanoke are tackling what's simple for most of us; they're learning how to ride a bike.

For these kids, success is measured in laps around a gym.

Hunter, Marie, Christie, Annabel and Ben don't have to be here and their families know it.

"She's been wearing the helmet since breakfast this morning, getting ready," said Christie Cobb's grandfather Ray, "I think that'll happen. She's determined, and I'm encouraging."

The five kids are all developmentally disabled.

That's prevented all of them from doing something many kids their age do with ease.

"She's 14, hadn't learned how to ride a bike yet," sad Ray Cobb.

That's where Kevin Crenshaw and his army of volunteers come in.

iCanShine is a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that teaches kids with disabilities how to ride a bike.

"It's a blessing to be a part of, just to see everyone's progress," said Crenshaw, a Craig County native.

Monday was the first day of the week-long camp.  The riders start slow; today they have these bulky training wheels; the goal by Friday; move to the real things.

Crenshaw travels the country doing this and never gets tired of seeing the success stories.

"What used to be "I can't, I can't, I can't" turns into "I can! I just did" what else can we do?!'" Crenshaw said.

"To see them get on the bike and take the chance and not be afraid. I think sometimes we take things for granted because we do things so easily, but it is very special," added volunteer Johnnie Nash.

For many of us, learning how to ride a bike doesn't take long; for these kids it'll take a week.

For these kids, the people helping, and the parents supporting them, it's a week very well spent.  

Roanoke is the eigth stop for iCanShine this summer.

There are actually five different sessions everyday this week where kids learn how to ride.

Group leader Kevin Crenshaw tells me the organization has already taught over 250 kids how to ride a bike so far this summer.