Testimonials

We believe the value and benefits of iCan Shine programs are best summarized by our fans. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve others and are proud of the relationships developed through iCan Shine programs. Our fans talk and we listen… and we like what we hear.

Takoma Park
Alicia

“I just wanted to thank you on behalf of Trisomy 21 Foundation of NNY for an incredible iCan Bike camp. From the start, all my many questions were answered quickly and guidance was available throughout the planning process. Kevin and Kelli were amazing! We had riders ranging from age 8 to 59 and their expertise and professionalism made each rider feel accomplished and special. The feedback from our community has been overwhelming. We had volunteers tell us that the week has changed them for the better, parents tell us about the joy of seeing their children ride, spectators tell us they had to see it to believe it. Thank you iCan Bike for this program which really does change the lives of every person involved.”

Topeka KS

“This was the 6th year for Easter Seals Capper Foundation to host, my first year being here and helping. The event was organized, the iCan Shine staff were knowledgeable and helpful. I can’t think of anything that needs improvement.”

Middletown OH

“This is a fabulous camp and have been very happy with all areas of your service.”

Charlotte NC

“We are incredibly satisfied, your staff are amazing and the support from Shine is largely why we are so successful here in Charlotte.”

Ann Arbor MI

“This is an outstanding corporation, you have made it easy for us from start to finish. Thank you, it has been an absolute pleasure working with you.”

Villanova PA

“It’s a great program!”

Fulton MO

“I really thought everything went great! You were right, it is the toughest job I’ve ever loved so much!”

Blackwood NJ

“No suggestions. Everything went great!”

Cambridge ON

“We love your program!!! Our families love the program and the smiles on the riders face say the exact same thing!”

Sarnia ON

“You are a well oiled machine.”

Tiffany Miller

“This program is amazing. My son went from not wanting to enter the gym where the camp was being offered to riding a bike on the last day of the program. We have even successfully transitioned him to his own bike at home and he is working very hard to continue learning how to pedal and steer, but he is now doing something that he really enjoys. The staff was very patient and helpful in working past my sons fear of the unknown. Cannot wait for the next camp to show his improvement.”

Mick Morrissey

“Our 14 year old son attended the iCan Bike program in Charlotte in June 2019. The program itself is wonderful and my son came away being able to ride a 2-wheel bike and imbued with a new sense of confidence and independence. Your team created a positive and caring learning environment for our son and all of the kids there. The work you all do is remarkable. Thank you.”

Beth Woods

“Our son, Weston learned to successfully ride a bike in 3 days. I cannot say enough good things about this incredible camp! The staff is amazing! Our son is totally enjoying the freedom of riding his 2-wheel bike. His confidence is improved and we are so very grateful for this wonderful opportunity! Thank you for the important work you are doing in children’s lives!”

Jerri L Sapp

“Claire (age 10) attended bike camp for the second time this year because she grew over the school year and needed to hone her skills. Yesterday, she and I took a ‘city streets’ bike ride for the first time. She did EXCELLENT! Today, her neighbors asked if she wanted to ride with them, so for the first time, she was able to ride with her friends. WOW! Bike camp is great! I keep spreading the word to friends whose special needs kids need this independence-building opportunity.” – Claire’s grandma

Radhica

“We went in to this program hoping that our kid would be able to make the transition from training wheels to biking independently. He did. But, what we came back home with was far more valuable than just biking skills – he has gained so much in self-confidence and is so happy and proud of himself! I highly recommend this program and am eternally grateful to everyone on the team. They were simply outstanding!”

Leon Gill

“What an amazing program! My 14 year old has Autism and my 8 year old as ADHD. Both could not ride a two wheel bike on Monday morning for completely different reasons. By Wednesday they were flying solo. We never thought they would be able to ride bikes and then a week later, it is like nothing to them. My oldest has gone on independent bike rides all ready. He feels like he can do anything now. The youngest is still figuring it out but he has the skills he never had before. Thank you to your amazing team for making this program happen.”

Nisa Lupo

“My son never wanted to learn, fear of falling, but being around other kids learning really helped. The last day of camp he was riding the bike by himself.”

Lauren Kline

“This camp was absolutely incredible. The staff cried ‘happy tears’ along with me when my child joyfully rode her bicycle around the track unassisted.”

Christina Morelos

“I just want to express my gratitude to all of the staff and volunteers for not letting my son give up when he thought it was impossible to learn to ride a bicycle. Such amazing and caring people.”

Jennifer Manzo

“This is an amazing program, that taught my son who not only has physical disabilities as well as developmental delays to ride a bike in less than a week. We have tried for years without success, they made it a fun and easy. Thank you so much !!!!”

Lilian

Learning to ride a bike (again) after 51 years
“I rode a bike throughout high school and left it behind when I left home to go on to further schooling a long distance away. Then I got married and had children and life was busy. In the back of my mind I still remember the enjoyment I experienced from riding a bike while growing up and always wished that I would be able to ride a bike again. For almost 30 years we lived on a gravel road, so bike riding there was not practical. When we were in Europe in 2008 I tried to ride my sister’s bike and it was a fearful experience. I could not make the transition from standing on the ground to getting my foot up on the pedal. I felt I needed to learn how to ride a bike again, but who wants to run beside an elderly woman holding on to the back of her bike while she learns to ride a bike? The opportunity to learn never seemed to present itself.

Fast forward. On Saturday, May 30, 2015 there was an article in our paper the Ames Tribune (Iowa) about an iCan Bike Camp for people with disabilities to learn to ride bikes. Immediately I wondered if I would be able to join. There were only 13 registered campers at the time with a possibility of 40. The worst that could happen to me was they could refuse and say it was only for those with disabilities. I called first thing on Monday morning and was allowed to join the campers as number 14. I had to look past it that I was a 68 year old woman learning to ride next to young children. But I wanted to (re)learn so badly to ride a bike.

The camp itself was such a good experience, the staff were friendly and so helpful and were right beside me the whole time, except of course on the last day. Plus the bikes were equipped with a roller for the back wheel and also a long handle so the staff could hold onto the bike as needed. As the days went by my confidence returned, I even learned how to get my foot up on the pedal and get going. The only thing I did not really enjoy was the tandem bike, the rider behind me was going too fast for me, it was actually scary. I would have preferred that we could have gone at my comfortable speed. Other than that I am so glad I was able to have this experience.

I know that this event is for people with disabilities and I think that is such a great idea and to see the kids smile as they are riding around on their own because they have mastered riding a bike. However, as an older person, I am so thankful I was able to be a part of this and hope that in the future you will reserve a spot or two for the elderly. This is such a good way for us to get some much needed exercise.”

Colleen

“When I was younger, I really wanted to ride a two wheeler.  However, my parents kept telling me I wasn’t ready.  I tried a few times but always fell.  It was really frustrating.  I felt left out because my younger brother and friends could ride a bike but I couldn’t.  I gave up on learning to ride and was convinced that I would never be able to do it.

Then last spring, my Mom came across the iCan Bike Camp online and asked me if I was interested.  I immediately said yes!  When I got to the camp for the first time, I was nervous.  I was still not sure I would be able to ride a bike.  But once I got the training bike, I felt confident.  I had an amazing week at the camp!  My volunteers, Dom and Trish were very supportive of me and always gave positive reinforcement.

By the end of the week, I could ride a two wheeler independently.  I was so excited and so was my family.  Now I enjoy riding on the bike path at the park near my house.  I would recommend iCan Bike to anyone with a disability because it helped me to not only ride a bike but also believe in myself!”

William

“This has been the important opportunity of my life!”

Liz

“I didn’t think I would ever be able to ride a bike and I told my parents that the whole trip from Florida to Virginia. Every time I tried to ride my bike without training wheels I would fall. It is really frustrating when all your friends and younger cousins can ride a two wheel bike and you can’t.

When we got to bike camp on Monday morning, everyone was very nice and wanted to help me learn how to ride a bike. I loved Ms. Lisa, Ms. Heidi and my volunteer. I was able to ride the first bike and it was really easy and fun and I wasn’t scared after a while. When I left camp the first day, I was really excited! I was really going to learn how to ride a two-wheel bike!

The second day was great too and I was starting to feel very confident. The third day was a lot harder but I still did it. The fourth day I got too tense and fell down but Ms. Heidi ran behind me for the rest of the day and I felt better when I left. The last day was the BEST day! I rode my two-wheel bike all over the gym, all by myself! It was the most amazing feeling! I was so proud of myself and so were my parents and sister and all the volunteers and instructors.

We drove all the way back to Florida the next day and I rode my bike all by myself for my whole family to watch. Everyone cheered and said great job. I try and ride my bike everyday for at least 20 minutes and sometimes my parents take me and my sister to a bike trail near our house. The last time we went, I rode for 5 miles straight, with only a couple of stops and I was ahead of my entire family the whole time!

I hope one day that I can compete in a bike race or triathalon. I’ve learned that you can do anything you want if you try hard enough and you believe in yourself.”

Seth

The Time I Learned How to Ride a Bike’

“One morning I got up feeling something I never felt. I felt confident. It was August, 2011. My mom and I got in her car and drove to Notre Dame College. I was going to learn to ride a… bike. A group called Lose the Training Wheels came to Cleveland. It was a 5-day camp to teach kids to ride a bike. My helper was Victoria and she had a red hat and shorts. The director names were Nikki and Matt. When I got on the bike I went slow and I was scared. I said to myself, “I can do this just take it easy”. The next day the Fox 8 news team came and interviewed me. They put a microphone on my shirt. I said, “I’m proud!”. So they video taped me on my bike but just then I bumped into another boy and he got mad at me. I said I was sorry and he forgave me.
Then next it was the last day. Everyone was sad to say goodbye. So it was the day I have been waiting for all my life. So I got on the bike and zoomed down the sidewalk. Everyone started to cheer me on. Then I stopped and rode back and then everyone clapped! I felt like crying because I was so happy! Then they had an award ceremony. They gave out trophies. They called my name. I came up to get it and it said, “LTTW Cleveland Seth Gelwasser” and I got a Mitchell’s gift card. Now I know how to ride a bike!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to Lose the Training Wheels. That was a perfect ending of a perfect day. I learned practice makes perfect!”

Nathaniel

“I’d like to thank you for helping me ride a bike. I didn’t think I could ride one before. Give the others my thanks.”

Jacob

“It’s not the same anymore!”

Kyle

“For the past eight years, my parents have been trying to get me to ride a bike. It had gotten to the point where I had given up and didn’t care to ride one anymore. But now that I can, I realize how much fun it is. Thank you for helping me out”

Catherine

“I am a strong, beautiful, popular bike rider!!!”

Nathaniel

“I feel sooo free…. and dizzy”

Sarah

“This camp is truly amazing, One boy I worked with was a fast learner but still wanted me to run next to him for company even though I couldn’t keep up with him. On the last day after executing a beautiful stop, he looked up at his dad sitting in the bleachers and whispered to me “Do you think he’s proud of me?”, I almost broke down crying right there, I responded with “I think he is so proud of you,” He then went a gave his dad the biggest hug. Now I never asked if the boy’s dad was proud of him, even though by the looks of his smile I’d say he was, but I can say that I was insanely proud of not only the boy but all the kids of getting out there and riding a bike. I never realized how important it was to ride a bike. These kids can go on family bike rides, ride to their friends houses, ride to the store, etc. This one week camp just changed their entire lives.”

Parent/Volunteer – Salt Lake City, UT

“This program has been a blessing in so many lives. Especially for my son who was a rider 3 years ago. After 5 years of trying to learn to ride a bike, we found this program. It was a literal miracle to see him go from scared, clumsy, unsure, and doubtful to riding outside on his brand new bike IN ONLY 5 DAYS! Since then, my husband and I have volunteered at the week you are in SLC. It is still so rewarding because now I get to see the joy, amazement and gratitude I felt, on other parents faces! Thank you for changing lives!”

Volunteer – Manheim, PA

“I CANNOT wait to volunteer again next year!! The dates for our location have been set for 2019 and they are already in my calendar!!! I can honestly say that this week had been one of the best weeks in my life and I was so sad when the week was over.”

Volunteer – Lincroft, NJ

“We had an awesome experience! We were matched with a rider who is a student at our high school, and it was so rewarding to work with him and build a friendship with him. We are definitely going to continue riding together in our home community. His mom said that she has never seen him so comfortable in this type of activity, and we think that being able to talk about our high school and common experiences was key! We both cried (along with his mom) when he got onto his own bike and started riding with no problem. It felt like a movie! It was amazing to see our rider (and so many others) learn to ride in such a short time. The iCan Bike staff was friendly, helpful, and supportive, and they found a good balance between guiding us and letting us be independent with our rider. iCan Bike was so well-organized and balanced, and it was great to have a specific assignment and to stay with the same rider all week. Also, we formed a friendship with the other volunteer assigned to our rider, and we are going to stay in touch with her. This was such a great experience! We are going to look into other iCan Shine opportunities, and we can’t wait to volunteer with iCan Bike next summer!”

Volunteer – Lehigh Valley, PA

“I loved helping these awesome kids enjoy and have fun riding their bikes. I truly love to make a difference and it’s been a wonderful journey. We helped them see that they can accomplish anything if they put their heart in it!! Seeing their smiles made our day and the way they improved!! So happy to be apart of something so great, thank you for this beautiful opportunity!!”

Volunteer – Alpharetta, GA

“I love volunteering with iCan Bike. The operations are extremely well-run, the staff is superior. The level of care and respect shown to the riders, parents and volunteers is second to none.”

Volunteer – East Lyme, CT

“I have never seen a program develop such amazing results in such a short period of time. The team was extraordinary and the relationships that were built will never be forgotten.”

Volunteer – Wichita, KS

“The week I volunteered for iCan Bike was hands down one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have absolutely fallen in love with this amazing organization.”

Volunteer – Ann Arbor, MI

“It was incredible to see what a massive transformation the kids could make in such a short time. Every minute was amazing and completely worth it.”

Volunteer – Churchville, MD

“This past week was truly inspirational and life-altering. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to help inspire, motivate, and challenge the campers. I can’t wait until next year!”

Hosts
Alicia

“I just wanted to thank you on behalf of Trisomy 21 Foundation of NNY for an incredible iCan Bike camp. From the start, all my many questions were answered quickly and guidance was available throughout the planning process. Kevin and Kelli were amazing! We had riders ranging from age 8 to 59 and their expertise and professionalism made each rider feel accomplished and special. The feedback from our community has been overwhelming. We had volunteers tell us that the week has changed them for the better, parents tell us about the joy of seeing their children ride, spectators tell us they had to see it to believe it. Thank you iCan Bike for this program which really does change the lives of every person involved.”

Topeka KS

“This was the 6th year for Easter Seals Capper Foundation to host, my first year being here and helping. The event was organized, the iCan Shine staff were knowledgeable and helpful. I can’t think of anything that needs improvement.”

Middletown OH

“This is a fabulous camp and have been very happy with all areas of your service.”

Charlotte NC

“We are incredibly satisfied, your staff are amazing and the support from Shine is largely why we are so successful here in Charlotte.”

Ann Arbor MI

“This is an outstanding corporation, you have made it easy for us from start to finish. Thank you, it has been an absolute pleasure working with you.”

Villanova PA

“It’s a great program!”

Fulton MO

“I really thought everything went great! You were right, it is the toughest job I’ve ever loved so much!”

Blackwood NJ

“No suggestions. Everything went great!”

Cambridge ON

“We love your program!!! Our families love the program and the smiles on the riders face say the exact same thing!”

Sarnia ON

“You are a well oiled machine.”

Parents
Tiffany Miller

“This program is amazing. My son went from not wanting to enter the gym where the camp was being offered to riding a bike on the last day of the program. We have even successfully transitioned him to his own bike at home and he is working very hard to continue learning how to pedal and steer, but he is now doing something that he really enjoys. The staff was very patient and helpful in working past my sons fear of the unknown. Cannot wait for the next camp to show his improvement.”

Mick Morrissey

“Our 14 year old son attended the iCan Bike program in Charlotte in June 2019. The program itself is wonderful and my son came away being able to ride a 2-wheel bike and imbued with a new sense of confidence and independence. Your team created a positive and caring learning environment for our son and all of the kids there. The work you all do is remarkable. Thank you.”

Beth Woods

“Our son, Weston learned to successfully ride a bike in 3 days. I cannot say enough good things about this incredible camp! The staff is amazing! Our son is totally enjoying the freedom of riding his 2-wheel bike. His confidence is improved and we are so very grateful for this wonderful opportunity! Thank you for the important work you are doing in children’s lives!”

Jerri L Sapp

“Claire (age 10) attended bike camp for the second time this year because she grew over the school year and needed to hone her skills. Yesterday, she and I took a ‘city streets’ bike ride for the first time. She did EXCELLENT! Today, her neighbors asked if she wanted to ride with them, so for the first time, she was able to ride with her friends. WOW! Bike camp is great! I keep spreading the word to friends whose special needs kids need this independence-building opportunity.” – Claire’s grandma

Radhica

“We went in to this program hoping that our kid would be able to make the transition from training wheels to biking independently. He did. But, what we came back home with was far more valuable than just biking skills – he has gained so much in self-confidence and is so happy and proud of himself! I highly recommend this program and am eternally grateful to everyone on the team. They were simply outstanding!”

Leon Gill

“What an amazing program! My 14 year old has Autism and my 8 year old as ADHD. Both could not ride a two wheel bike on Monday morning for completely different reasons. By Wednesday they were flying solo. We never thought they would be able to ride bikes and then a week later, it is like nothing to them. My oldest has gone on independent bike rides all ready. He feels like he can do anything now. The youngest is still figuring it out but he has the skills he never had before. Thank you to your amazing team for making this program happen.”

Nisa Lupo

“My son never wanted to learn, fear of falling, but being around other kids learning really helped. The last day of camp he was riding the bike by himself.”

Lauren Kline

“This camp was absolutely incredible. The staff cried ‘happy tears’ along with me when my child joyfully rode her bicycle around the track unassisted.”

Christina Morelos

“I just want to express my gratitude to all of the staff and volunteers for not letting my son give up when he thought it was impossible to learn to ride a bicycle. Such amazing and caring people.”

Jennifer Manzo

“This is an amazing program, that taught my son who not only has physical disabilities as well as developmental delays to ride a bike in less than a week. We have tried for years without success, they made it a fun and easy. Thank you so much !!!!”

Participants
Lilian

Learning to ride a bike (again) after 51 years
“I rode a bike throughout high school and left it behind when I left home to go on to further schooling a long distance away. Then I got married and had children and life was busy. In the back of my mind I still remember the enjoyment I experienced from riding a bike while growing up and always wished that I would be able to ride a bike again. For almost 30 years we lived on a gravel road, so bike riding there was not practical. When we were in Europe in 2008 I tried to ride my sister’s bike and it was a fearful experience. I could not make the transition from standing on the ground to getting my foot up on the pedal. I felt I needed to learn how to ride a bike again, but who wants to run beside an elderly woman holding on to the back of her bike while she learns to ride a bike? The opportunity to learn never seemed to present itself.

Fast forward. On Saturday, May 30, 2015 there was an article in our paper the Ames Tribune (Iowa) about an iCan Bike Camp for people with disabilities to learn to ride bikes. Immediately I wondered if I would be able to join. There were only 13 registered campers at the time with a possibility of 40. The worst that could happen to me was they could refuse and say it was only for those with disabilities. I called first thing on Monday morning and was allowed to join the campers as number 14. I had to look past it that I was a 68 year old woman learning to ride next to young children. But I wanted to (re)learn so badly to ride a bike.

The camp itself was such a good experience, the staff were friendly and so helpful and were right beside me the whole time, except of course on the last day. Plus the bikes were equipped with a roller for the back wheel and also a long handle so the staff could hold onto the bike as needed. As the days went by my confidence returned, I even learned how to get my foot up on the pedal and get going. The only thing I did not really enjoy was the tandem bike, the rider behind me was going too fast for me, it was actually scary. I would have preferred that we could have gone at my comfortable speed. Other than that I am so glad I was able to have this experience.

I know that this event is for people with disabilities and I think that is such a great idea and to see the kids smile as they are riding around on their own because they have mastered riding a bike. However, as an older person, I am so thankful I was able to be a part of this and hope that in the future you will reserve a spot or two for the elderly. This is such a good way for us to get some much needed exercise.”

Colleen

“When I was younger, I really wanted to ride a two wheeler.  However, my parents kept telling me I wasn’t ready.  I tried a few times but always fell.  It was really frustrating.  I felt left out because my younger brother and friends could ride a bike but I couldn’t.  I gave up on learning to ride and was convinced that I would never be able to do it.

Then last spring, my Mom came across the iCan Bike Camp online and asked me if I was interested.  I immediately said yes!  When I got to the camp for the first time, I was nervous.  I was still not sure I would be able to ride a bike.  But once I got the training bike, I felt confident.  I had an amazing week at the camp!  My volunteers, Dom and Trish were very supportive of me and always gave positive reinforcement.

By the end of the week, I could ride a two wheeler independently.  I was so excited and so was my family.  Now I enjoy riding on the bike path at the park near my house.  I would recommend iCan Bike to anyone with a disability because it helped me to not only ride a bike but also believe in myself!”

William

“This has been the important opportunity of my life!”

Liz

“I didn’t think I would ever be able to ride a bike and I told my parents that the whole trip from Florida to Virginia. Every time I tried to ride my bike without training wheels I would fall. It is really frustrating when all your friends and younger cousins can ride a two wheel bike and you can’t.

When we got to bike camp on Monday morning, everyone was very nice and wanted to help me learn how to ride a bike. I loved Ms. Lisa, Ms. Heidi and my volunteer. I was able to ride the first bike and it was really easy and fun and I wasn’t scared after a while. When I left camp the first day, I was really excited! I was really going to learn how to ride a two-wheel bike!

The second day was great too and I was starting to feel very confident. The third day was a lot harder but I still did it. The fourth day I got too tense and fell down but Ms. Heidi ran behind me for the rest of the day and I felt better when I left. The last day was the BEST day! I rode my two-wheel bike all over the gym, all by myself! It was the most amazing feeling! I was so proud of myself and so were my parents and sister and all the volunteers and instructors.

We drove all the way back to Florida the next day and I rode my bike all by myself for my whole family to watch. Everyone cheered and said great job. I try and ride my bike everyday for at least 20 minutes and sometimes my parents take me and my sister to a bike trail near our house. The last time we went, I rode for 5 miles straight, with only a couple of stops and I was ahead of my entire family the whole time!

I hope one day that I can compete in a bike race or triathalon. I’ve learned that you can do anything you want if you try hard enough and you believe in yourself.”

Seth

The Time I Learned How to Ride a Bike’

“One morning I got up feeling something I never felt. I felt confident. It was August, 2011. My mom and I got in her car and drove to Notre Dame College. I was going to learn to ride a… bike. A group called Lose the Training Wheels came to Cleveland. It was a 5-day camp to teach kids to ride a bike. My helper was Victoria and she had a red hat and shorts. The director names were Nikki and Matt. When I got on the bike I went slow and I was scared. I said to myself, “I can do this just take it easy”. The next day the Fox 8 news team came and interviewed me. They put a microphone on my shirt. I said, “I’m proud!”. So they video taped me on my bike but just then I bumped into another boy and he got mad at me. I said I was sorry and he forgave me.
Then next it was the last day. Everyone was sad to say goodbye. So it was the day I have been waiting for all my life. So I got on the bike and zoomed down the sidewalk. Everyone started to cheer me on. Then I stopped and rode back and then everyone clapped! I felt like crying because I was so happy! Then they had an award ceremony. They gave out trophies. They called my name. I came up to get it and it said, “LTTW Cleveland Seth Gelwasser” and I got a Mitchell’s gift card. Now I know how to ride a bike!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to Lose the Training Wheels. That was a perfect ending of a perfect day. I learned practice makes perfect!”

Nathaniel

“I’d like to thank you for helping me ride a bike. I didn’t think I could ride one before. Give the others my thanks.”

Jacob

“It’s not the same anymore!”

Kyle

“For the past eight years, my parents have been trying to get me to ride a bike. It had gotten to the point where I had given up and didn’t care to ride one anymore. But now that I can, I realize how much fun it is. Thank you for helping me out”

Catherine

“I am a strong, beautiful, popular bike rider!!!”

Nathaniel

“I feel sooo free…. and dizzy”

Volunteers
Sarah

“This camp is truly amazing, One boy I worked with was a fast learner but still wanted me to run next to him for company even though I couldn’t keep up with him. On the last day after executing a beautiful stop, he looked up at his dad sitting in the bleachers and whispered to me “Do you think he’s proud of me?”, I almost broke down crying right there, I responded with “I think he is so proud of you,” He then went a gave his dad the biggest hug. Now I never asked if the boy’s dad was proud of him, even though by the looks of his smile I’d say he was, but I can say that I was insanely proud of not only the boy but all the kids of getting out there and riding a bike. I never realized how important it was to ride a bike. These kids can go on family bike rides, ride to their friends houses, ride to the store, etc. This one week camp just changed their entire lives.”

Parent/Volunteer – Salt Lake City, UT

“This program has been a blessing in so many lives. Especially for my son who was a rider 3 years ago. After 5 years of trying to learn to ride a bike, we found this program. It was a literal miracle to see him go from scared, clumsy, unsure, and doubtful to riding outside on his brand new bike IN ONLY 5 DAYS! Since then, my husband and I have volunteered at the week you are in SLC. It is still so rewarding because now I get to see the joy, amazement and gratitude I felt, on other parents faces! Thank you for changing lives!”

Volunteer – Manheim, PA

“I CANNOT wait to volunteer again next year!! The dates for our location have been set for 2019 and they are already in my calendar!!! I can honestly say that this week had been one of the best weeks in my life and I was so sad when the week was over.”

Volunteer – Lincroft, NJ

“We had an awesome experience! We were matched with a rider who is a student at our high school, and it was so rewarding to work with him and build a friendship with him. We are definitely going to continue riding together in our home community. His mom said that she has never seen him so comfortable in this type of activity, and we think that being able to talk about our high school and common experiences was key! We both cried (along with his mom) when he got onto his own bike and started riding with no problem. It felt like a movie! It was amazing to see our rider (and so many others) learn to ride in such a short time. The iCan Bike staff was friendly, helpful, and supportive, and they found a good balance between guiding us and letting us be independent with our rider. iCan Bike was so well-organized and balanced, and it was great to have a specific assignment and to stay with the same rider all week. Also, we formed a friendship with the other volunteer assigned to our rider, and we are going to stay in touch with her. This was such a great experience! We are going to look into other iCan Shine opportunities, and we can’t wait to volunteer with iCan Bike next summer!”

Volunteer – Lehigh Valley, PA

“I loved helping these awesome kids enjoy and have fun riding their bikes. I truly love to make a difference and it’s been a wonderful journey. We helped them see that they can accomplish anything if they put their heart in it!! Seeing their smiles made our day and the way they improved!! So happy to be apart of something so great, thank you for this beautiful opportunity!!”

Volunteer – Alpharetta, GA

“I love volunteering with iCan Bike. The operations are extremely well-run, the staff is superior. The level of care and respect shown to the riders, parents and volunteers is second to none.”

Volunteer – East Lyme, CT

“I have never seen a program develop such amazing results in such a short period of time. The team was extraordinary and the relationships that were built will never be forgotten.”

Volunteer – Wichita, KS

“The week I volunteered for iCan Bike was hands down one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have absolutely fallen in love with this amazing organization.”

Volunteer – Ann Arbor, MI

“It was incredible to see what a massive transformation the kids could make in such a short time. Every minute was amazing and completely worth it.”

Volunteer – Churchville, MD

“This past week was truly inspirational and life-altering. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to help inspire, motivate, and challenge the campers. I can’t wait until next year!”