The Edmond Sun

October 28, 2013

AMBUCS gives back to Edmond community

AmTrykes to be on display at Halloween event in downtown Edmond


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — October is National AmTryke Visibility month and the Edmond AMBUCS Club is presenting several tykes to children in our community as well as having them on display for the Deba Trick or Treat activities at the Festival Market Place Oct. 31.

On Friday, Edmond AMBUCS presented an Amtryke to Emily Stearns. Stephanie Stearns, mother, and Shelly Duggins, sister, were in attendance to see Emily get her trike.

The AMBUCS mission is creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities by providing scholarships for therapists, performing various forms of community service and providing AmTryke® therapeutic tricycles to people with disabilities.

Our AMBUCS chapter has raised funds to donate AmTrykes to riders who are unable to operate traditional bikes. For more than a decade, these specially designed cycles have provided therapeutic benefits to both children and adults, while enhancing their quality of life.

AmTrykes can be hand and/or foot-powered and will accommodate riders of all sizes and ages. They help improve fitness, coordination, increase self-esteem and, most importantly, are very fun to ride. Through the AMBUCS Veteran Initiative, we sponsor specially-built AmTryke cycles and provide the opportunity of mobility and independence to disabled veterans.

The Edmond club is also active in building wheelchair ramps to make homes accessible. Adam Nevitt serves as the Ramp Building Chairman. He can be contacted at 208-9228 or anevitt@a-1freeman.com.

The Edmond AMBUCS recently presented $500 to Stuart Graham with UR Special Ministries, Inc. UR Special Ministries, Inc. exists to foster self-esteem and healthy lifestyles in needy and at-risk children.

AMBUCS has provided over $7.6 million to educate physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and hearing audiologists. The AMBUCS Scholars program represents the largest single private source of educational grants for therapists in America.

Scholarship Chairman Cathy Williams White and Scott McLaughlin have been working with University of Central Oklahoma therapy students to help them qualify for AMBUC scholarships. This year, 16 students qualified for a total of $11,650.

The students are Katherine Abernathy, Lindsey Allen, Delayna Bray, Rebecca Chambers, Bree Clipson, Mindy Erickson, Kellie Furr, Delayna Gary, Hannah Gibson, Nicole Hill, Emelie Hunter, Nicole Nickel, Kelsey Paul, Carolyn Scott, Anna Snell and Christina Torres. These students will attend the Edmond AMBUCS meeting Nov. 1 to be recognized for their hard work in the therapy field. For information, contact Cathy at 341-4344.

The Edmond AMBUCS meet at noon Fridays in the Cherokee Room in the Nigh University Center on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. Ron Nutt is president.

For more information, contact June at 820-9667.