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ridin-with-deez-wheelz-bicycle-festival-for-special-olympics-deeOn Sunday, October 2nd, you’re invited to bring your bike out to the Highland Park Bike Track and enjoy an afternoon benefiting the athletes of Special Olympics Pennsylvania. The Ridin’ With Dee’z Wheelz Bicycle Festival is named after Special Olympic athlete, 15-year-old Danielle “Dee” List. Dee lives with a rare metabolic disorder called glycosylation, which impacts her central nervous system. While she uses a wheelchair to get around on a daily basis, she doesn’t let that stop her from swimming, bowling, and yes, even walking. She especially loves to use the adaptive bicycle that her father built for her.

The idea for the festival was created by Pittsburgh Police Officer Pamela Deguffroy, it was organized by Special Olympics PA Law Enforcement Torch Run, and event partners include Bike PGH and the Delta Foundation. The festival is meant to create awareness and raise money for Special Olympic Athletes, as it highlights the accomplishments of Dee.

It will also be a celebration of all things bike! They’ll be a bike raffle, unicycle performance, a bike rodeo performed by Pittsburgh Police officers, a chance to ride the Pittsburgh Party Pedaler, and a dunk tank with Assistant Chief Scott Schubert. They’ll also be tunes by DJ Rable and food trucks from local restaurants. Best of all, you’ll be able to take a spin around the track with the amazing Dee and her fellow athletes from Special Olympics.

Don’t have a bike of your own? Healthy Ride PGH will provided bikes to use while supplies last!

Your cost? A $20 donation to Special Olympics Pennsylvania (which includes tickets for the prize raffle).

Come out and show your support and share the festival flyer with your family and friends!

Ridin’ With Dee’z Wheelz Bicycle Festival for Special Olympics
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: Highland Park Bike Track, 1401 Washington Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Tickets: Purchase online here, or if you can’t attend, you can also make a donation there.
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