On July 23, 2021, Flyers Alumni Association president Brad Marsh presented a fully customized adaptive bicycle to three-year-old Anastasia Condon of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is the third recipient of a bike donation under the “Every Child Deserves a Bike” program, which is funded through the generosity of the fans. The previous recipients are Lucy Brooks (Springfield, PA) and Anthony DeCristoforo (Fairless Hills, PA).
The Flyers Alumni work in conjunction with Radnor-based Help Hope Live to identify recipients who live in the Delaware Valley. The Flyers Alumni have a fully customized adaptive bicycle constructed to the recipient’s needs and then present the bicycle in person to the recipient and his or her family. The bicycles help special needs children to strengthen weak muscles and provide a certain independence of movement when the child masters the use of the bike.
it is not a prerequisite for a recipient to be a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. However, Lucy, Anthony and Anastasia’s families after all diehard Flyers fans. Anastasia’s father and older brother, in particular, are Flyers fanatics.
For many families with special needs children, adaptive bicycles are cost-prohibitive. The devices cost roughly $5,000 apiece to build and customized. The Every Child Deserves a Bike program, through the funding generosity of donors, makes the adaptive bikes cost-free to the recipients’ families.