Capital Blue Cross Distributes Adaptive Bikes and Strollers to Local Children Living with Disabilities

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Featured image: Janessa Joseph, left, and her mother, Julie Joseph, celebrate Janessa’s first time on her new adaptive bike during Tuesday’s event at Capital Blue Cross headquarters in Harrisburg. (Photo provided courtesy of Capital Blue Cross)

Capital Donation Helps Variety the Children’s Charity Purchase the Equipment 

HARRISBURG – Capital Blue Cross joined Variety the Children’s Charity today in distributing adaptive bikes and strollers to eight Central Pennsylvania children during a heartwarming ceremony in conjunction with Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. A donation from Capital helped Variety purchase the empowering equipment.

Capital Blue Cross President and CEO Todd Shamash, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, local government officials, and dozens of Capital employees cheered on the children as they rode through the Capital headquarters atrium on their new bikes and strollers.

Dauphin County State Reps. Justin C. Fleming and Dave Madsen, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Capital Blue Cross President and CEO Todd Shamash, and Variety the Children’s Charity CEO Charlie LaVallee celebrate Tuesday as Capital Blue Cross and Variety distribute adaptive bikes and strollers to children living with disabilities during an event at Capital Blue Cross headquarters in Harrisburg.

“Today was a touching and poignant reminder of how important it is for all of us to feel like we belong,” said Capital Blue Cross President and CEO Todd Shamash. “Variety’s programs align wonderfully with Capital’s values and mission – Variety goes above and beyond to empower children with disabilities to live life to the fullest, and Capital goes the extra mile every day to improve the health and well-being not only of our members, but of the communities they call home.”

Five children received bikes today and three received strollers. Among the stroller recipients was 7-year-old Thomas of Elizabethtown, Dauphin County. His mother, Charlotte, said the stroller will keep Thomas safer.

“This is more suited to his needs,” Charlotte said. “Thomas runs off a lot when the opportunity arises, because he can get out of the stroller he currently uses. He needs something that will keep him safer as he grows, so the adaptive stroller will make a big difference.”

Pittsburgh-based Variety the Children’s Charity began its adaptive bike program in 2012 and now serves 59 Pennsylvania counties. It has presented more than 6,100 adaptive bikes, strollers, and communications devices, and provides the equipment at no cost to qualifying children and families.


About Capital Blue Cross

Capital Blue Cross serves a 21-county region in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley by offering health insurance products, services and technology solutions that provide peace of mind and promote health and wellness for our members. We focus on simplifying and personalizing the healthcare experience and using innovative solutions – including patient-focused care models, actionable data, and digital health technologies – to create healthier lives and lower healthcare costs. Our Capital Blue Cross Connect health and wellness centers provide in-person service and inspiration to help people reach their health goals. Capital Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.



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