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Grants support people with disabilities

R Community Bikes volunteers, who fixed enough broken bicycles last year to help thousands of needy children and adults, will soon be modifying bicycles for use by people with physical or developmental disabilities, thanks to a $5,000 Community Health Award from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

“Over the course of working with volunteers with developmental disabilities, we learned that many of them were unable to ride conventional bicycles,” said Dan Lill, director, R Community Bikes. “This grant will help us meet their need for tricycles or other modified bikes.”

R Community Bikes will use the money to buy parts needed to convert traditional bicycles into tricycles. They hope to offer the bikes to veterans with disabilities, among other groups.

Other $5,000 grant recipients, that will help people in Monroe, Ontario, Livingston, Wayne and Seneca counties, include East House for a diabetes prevention program; American Lung Association of the Northeast to start a virtual Better Breathers Club; and Compeer Rochester for its CompeerCorps mentorship program to help returning military veterans readjust to living in the Rochester area.

In addition, CP Rochester will receive $4,000 to begin a comprehensive health and wellness program; Seneca County Pomona Grange, $3,400 for local health screenings and risk assessments; and Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, $2,600 to purchase a blood pressure kiosk.