Cycle for Life

Accessible Cycles Designed For Fun Outdoor Therapy


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INTRODUCING CYCLE FOR LIFE

Cycle for Life, Inc. provides custom outdoor cycles to individuals with a variety of special physical needs for therapy, enjoying the outdoors, getting fresh air, and socializing with friends and family.

With the help of local Civic Clubs members and donations and grants from Private Foundations, Cycle for Life is able to put these specially designed therapeutic cycles in the hands of people who need them the most, at no cost to the families. Beneficiaries include: children and adults with Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Partial Paralysis, Orthopedic Handicaps, Visual Impairment/Blindness, Amputations, and PTSD.

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY TRACTION POINTS:

THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE


No matter how young or old one is or what the physical capabilities are, regular exercise is vital to good physical and mental health; however, many of those with special needs have difficulty receiving meaningful exercise.

Across the country, there are more than 5 million children under the age of 15 and millions more adults who have special physical and mental needs. Every day, there are more than 1,000 babies born in the U.S. with special needs. Wounded warriors are also coming home daily, in real need of therapy.

Because of the physical and mental challenges, these individuals do not receive the same level of meaningful exercise due to a lack of resources and accessible products. Even those who are able to find an accessible therapy center nearby, they are only able to visit a few times per month on a limited basis.

Physical exercise is crucial to health and a lack of exercise causes deconditioning. Deconditioning can cause obesity, diabetes, blindness and many other conditions that may be more debilitating than the primary condition.

THE COST OF EXERCISE

Helping children and adults with special needs get the exercise they need can be expensive, and for some families, impossible.

Individuals with disabilities often require near constant care, which means that one of the two main earners in a family with special needs is required to stay home. This coupled with the added medical expenses shouldered by families with physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to pay for the high cost of physical therapy. They have limited financial resources that are stretched thin before the added cost of expensive therapy.

Families want to help their loved ones stay healthy and happy, but what if the cost is just too high?

Cycle for Life provides cycles at no cost to the families, enabling free therapy 365 days each year.

IF IT’S FUN, THEY WILL GET THE THERAPY

Cycle for Life, Inc. is a unique outdoor hand and foot powered cycle manufacturer that specializes in creating customized cycles for individuals with special needs.

WE SERVE, YOU CYCLE

Cycle for Life products are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of each individual who receives a cycle.

The cycles are available with a handlebar that can be pushed forward and pulled back to propel the cycle. This action provides excellent cardiovascular exercise and a fun way to ride. We also have a variety of cycles without the handlebar propulsion system, allowing all individuals to have accessible cycle options according to their needs.

Our revolutionary design is endorsed by the Texas Tech Medical School Physical Therapy Department for the many benefits it provides to riders of all levels of disability, including:

   o  The ability for individuals without the use of their legs to ride a cycle, including
       those with Spina Bifida and other paralysis
   o  An opportunity for the disabled and those otherwise confined individuals to be
       outdoors with others, receive much needed therapy, and participate in quality
       socialization
   o  Great upper body and cardiovascular therapy that is effective and fun
   o  A revolutionary cycle for the blind to ride outdoors!

HOW CYCLE FOR LIFE WORKS

Cycle for Life provides unique outdoor therapy cycles to individuals with specialized physical and mental needs. Our goal is to empower riders to receive regular, at-home outdoor exercise 365 days a year at no cost to families.

How do we do it? With the help of local Civic Groups and Private Foundations who believe in our mission.

Cycle for Life Coordinators engage local Civic Groups who want to commit to helping the special needs members in their communities.

We then research local Private Foundations and write requests for grants on behalf of the Civic Groups. Many of these requests receive funding.

After the funds are received, Cycle for Life in partnership with the Civic Groups identifies children and adults, including wounded warriors, who need therapy, exercise and socialization.

The Civic Groups will assess the needs, take measurements, and place orders for cycles with Cycle for Life, who fulfills the order.

Cycles are assembled and then given out at a community event, creating a day of happiness and excitement.

OUR JOURNEY

Cycle for Life, Inc. began its impressive journey when founder Joe Tarver decided to apply the rights he had for a unique hand powered front wheel drive cycle to a specialized cycle for a young girl with Spina Bifida. 

The cycle was an immediate success and Tarver soon discovered that there were millions of individuals in need of the exercise his revolutionary cycle could provide. That is when Cycle for Life decided to pair with local Civic Groups and Private Foundations to secure the financial aid needed to distribute these life changing cycles at absolutely no cost to families.


Since the adaptation of that first cycle, Cycle for Life has had several successful ventures with local organizations to provide cycles to the people who truly need them.

 

Currently, we are working with a patent attorney to secure a new and expanded patent for our unique cycle design. That design has already been endorsed by medical schools, and our project has also been endorsed and encouraged by private funding foundations.

OUR VISION

Cycle for Life recognizes the overwhelming need for individuals with special needs to have access to therapy equipment built specifically for their needs.

We are fully dedicated to addressing this underserved market. We plan to expand our coordinating staff so we can reach more Civic Groups throughout the country. This empowers Cycle for Life to tap into more communities and begin identifying local Private Foundations willing to help. Ultimately, this creates greater access to our life-changing products at no cost to families.

We are committed to growing our business with the expertise and manufacturing capacity to fulfill the vision.

MEET THE TEAM

Cycles for Life, Inc. has over 25 years of experience in design and manufacturing. We are especially equipped to take on this particular challenge and opportunity.

Joe Tarver | President & Civic Group Coordinator |
Joe Tarver spent 13 years as an Insurance Sales and Sales Management professional. He guided his district to 5th place in the nation. He is the founder of New Ideas Development, Inc. a company dedicated to guiding new ventures to the market. He is responsible for the successful marketing for a grain dust suppressant process that eliminates grain elevator explosions. In addition to founding Cycle for Life, Joe helped develop the cycle models and engaged manufacturing partners overseas.


Nona Tarver | Grant Writer & Proofreader | Previous office manager of a financial institution, Nona is a successful grant writer who has helped Cycle for Life secure over 75% of its requested funding.


In consideration for Senior Management
Mike Skeen | Vice President | Mike has over 40 years of sales and management experience, including over 25 years of administrative experience in public school and education.

 

Jonathan M. Sackier | Chairman of the Advisory Committee Jonathan M. Sackier, MB, ChB, FRCS, FACS, trained as a surgeon in the United Kingdom and developed and brought to market a number of healthcare innovations. He has consulted to health care companies, sits on several corporate and scientific advisory boards and is a Visiting Professor at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. Dr. Sackier is credited with contributing to the development of various medical technologies including laparoscopic surgery, amniotic stem cells and the first commercial surgical robot, AESOP. He has authored many peer-reviewed publications, books and book chapters and been honored for his work in several countries including being awarded an honorary Professorship by the National Hepatobiliary and Enteric Surgery Research Center, Peoples Republic of China and the degree of Doctor of Science by Britain’s Anglia Ruskin University.

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