26 bikes stood ready to roll onto the streets of Chicago, during the critical times of these kids life. Those twilight hours from 4-7 p.m. challenge these children every day. Do they do homework? Hang? Get in trouble? Now they have an incredible vehicle to help them climb mountains, both figuratively and literally, to choose a path to a healthy life-style, and make better choices. To feel like someone who does not have to care about you – does care about you, is empowering, that feeling increases self worth and pride.
But that was not all, with a room full of adults biting back tears, Illinois, BCBS Director, Jay Todd Phillips, presented a $5,000 check to help make the lives of many other kids a whole lot better. Even for this jaded facilitator, who knew it was going to happen, the tears just kept dripping. It was a proud moment for BCBS and a thankful one for Chicago’s Inner-City, Boys and Girl’s Club.
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