The Marshfield Clinic Hosts Bike Day for Disabled Children

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The Marshfield Clinic hosted bike day for special needs children earlier this morning. It's an event that gives children and their families a chance to ride, test and even buy customized bicycles.

This is the clinic's second year hosting bike day, and event coordinators hope to make it an annual event.

"Its been great to see the kids get out... and ride," said Heather Vogel, a physical therapists at the clinic, "Some of them we thought maybe wouldn't be able to ride a bike, and they were able to do it."

Vogel says she loves seeing the kids light up when they ride a bike for the first time. "The kids like to do things that everybody else does," said Vogel.

Last year, the clinic sold seven bikes, but custom made bikes aren't cheap. The average bike can cost up to $3,500. But thanks to the foundation of Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, each of the families will receive $1,300 to help buy the bike.

"It's good for family time," said Jill Meilahn, a physician at the clinic, "If the kids have a bike... the whole family can go out and do things together."

The bicycles are good for children who struggle with walking on their own. Physical exercise also has mental health benefits too, sometimes it can be just as helpful as anti-depressant medication.

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