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I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.

Making a Difference in Their Lives Will Make a Difference in Yours

This is an earlier story posted by my wife Angie

The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (DSAW) and the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (ASSEW) are hosting the 3rd annual Lose The Training Wheels bike camp designed to teach individuals with special needs how to ride a two wheel bike. It is being held Monday, June 21st – 25th, 2010 at Nicolet High School, 6701 North Jean Nicolet Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217.

When an organization hosts a Lose The Training Wheels bike camp, they take on an extremely rewarding project. The phenomenal success rate of more than 80% who attend these camps are able to balance on a two wheel bike by the end of the five day camp. Participants experience a new found freedom and sense of accomplishment which infuses them with confidence that spills over into many other areas of their lives. They are able to enjoy an age appropriate activity just like their peers AND families are able to enjoy a fun activity together. But the benefits go beyond the participants, as the volunteers and camp staff are swept up in the accomplishment of the participants and find themselves changed by their newfound admiration of the courage and character of the riders. Since 2008 close to 100 participants and their families have experienced and enjoyed the southeastern Wisconsin camps. Over the past several years Lose The Training Wheels has seen a growing demand across the country and we are extremely excited to bring it back to southeastern Wisconsin for the 3rd year.

You have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of an individual with a disability. Volunteers “Spotters” are needed for each camper to participate safely during the five day camp. A Spotter is someone who is paired with a child each session to provide physical support and emotional encouragement. Spotters should be able to run one quarter mile a number of times and also able to steady a large child. In addition, volunteers should be patient, compassionate and understanding. Ten hours of your time can lead to a fulfilling life for an individual with a disability.

For more information, please contact Angela Mayer Fech, Program Director, Down Syndrome Association of WI, Inc, (414) 327-3729, (866) 327-3729, or via email, angie@dsaw.org or visit www.dsaw.org

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