The Shriners Hospital auditorium burst with enthusiasm when patients, parents, doctors and staff gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2017 BikeFit program participants. There were cheers and tears as Dr. Jon R. Davids, assistant chief of orthopaedics, presented a medal to each member of the graduating class.
“BikeFit represents all that is special about our hospital, our patients, their families and our staff,” said Dr. Davids.
Twenty patients of the Northern California Shriners Hospital participated in the second annual summer BikeFit exercise and fitness program, organized under the direction of Dr. Davids. Activities were designed and implemented by a multi-disciplinary team that included physical therapists, kinesiologists, recreation specialists, bioengineers, and Shriners Hospital doctors. Community volunteers from UC Davis, Sacramento State, Jesuit High School and Christian Brothers High School assisted the Shriners Hospital team on Thursday evenings, from July 6 through August 24.
The program is funded by the generosity of many including the Goodwin Family Memorial Trust, the Thomas P. Raley Foundation, Turlock Shrine Club, Aahmes Shriners and Wells Fargo Bank. Huei Young organizes with Don Rudisill tours of her Davis garden to support Shriners Hospital programs that benefit children with cerebral palsy.
In addition to receiving a certificate and shiny medal, BikeFit graduates went home with a custom-fitted AmTryke cycle provided by Ambucs, a charitable organization that promotes mobility and independence.
One mom who drove her son 60-miles round trip each week to participate in BikeFit said, “I thought it was fantastic.” But she said her son did not want to take his bike home. The reason was simple, she said. “He didn’t want the program to end.”