The Burh Foundation recently approved a $10,000 grant to help replace stolen hand-cycles that were taken from the Ann Arbor Center from Independent Living on March 15 this year. With the upcoming all-inclusive 4 day cycling event this August, this very generous grant will help people with disabilities in our sports and recreation program train and get fit. This will also allow the many young children that wish to test out hand-cycles, continue learn how to ride and be a part of the sports and recreation community to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Letter to the Buhr Foundation:
“On behalf of the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and the over 3,000 persons with disabilities whose lives the Ann Arbor CIL touches every year, thank you so much for your kind offer of having the Buhr Foundation possibly provide funds to replace some of the sports and recreation equipment that was stolen from us on March 15, 2012.
The total cost of the stolen equipment, including the trailer, is in excess of $30,000.
Within that total, there are some sports and recreation items, specifically special purpose bicycles and tricycles, that might be candidates for Buhr Foundation replacement funding.
I am listing some of stolen items below:
Top End Force Handcycle with configuration for riders with quadriplegia – Specialized shifters and hand cranks are compatible with quad-cuffs, allowing users with no hand function to ride independently. A higher back provides support and stability. Replacement cost $3,800
Quickie Shark Handcycle with x-link front end – The frame opens to allow easier transfers on and off the cycle. Once on, it functions like a standard fork. Replacement cost $3,350
Terra Trike Tour II Elite – A recumbent adult tricycle. For riders with balance problems who want to ride faster or greater distances compared to standard trike. Replacement cost $1,999
In closing, thank you again for your kind offer on behalf of the Buhr Foundation. The over 400 persons with disabilities who participate in our sports recreation activities every year can look forward to a brighter summer because it.
With kindest regards,
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living”