Generous Donation Expands Ability Online’s ‘Give the Gift of Independence’ Holiday Campaign



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    Generous Donation Expands Ability Online’s ‘Give the Gift of

    Independence’ Holiday Campaign
    Ability Online is an on-line capacity-building and support network for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses

    TORONTO, Ontario Monday, December 10, 2012, Ability Online recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary at the Hockey Hall of Fame and this Holiday season marks one year since the launch of ‘Ability Gives’, a program to help families obtain much-needed medical devices, and mobility and communication aids. Provided through donations and grants, the Ability Gives program is an initiative that was started by the Pollack Family as an extra means for those who have limited finances. In response to this program a generous donation just came in from the kind bicycle enthusiasts at LapDogs Cycling Club of Toronto.

    Why not ‘Give the Gift of Independence’?

    LapDogs Cycling Club, which made the decision in November to choose Ability Online as their charity partner, presented Michelle McClure, Ability Online’s Executive Director, with a cheque for $2800 as part of Ability Gives, which not only has it strengthened the grant program, but also means a lot to the special little boy named Owen who now has a brand new custom mobility bike.

    Seven year old Owen, a member of Ability Online and currently living with Angelman’s Syndrome, is the proud new owner of a “Discovery Bike” which allows him to be much more mobile, use his upper body strength and most of all, to feel like a typical kid and continue to participate in outdoor fun with the rest of his friends in his neighbourhood.

    Check out Owen on his new set of wheels!

    LapDogs Cycling Club has always been involved in various charity ventures and this year they decided to take it a step further. In a statement from LapDogs media centre, they felt “it was important this year that the LapDogs do something that was significant and in true LapDogs tradition...a bit unconventional”. The Toronto-based cycling club knew they wanted to make a difference with Ability Gives so they eagerly set out to raise the funds amongst their membership which yielded the following initiatives:

    •   A Club Strava Challenge (won by Ross Rader, Gerry Ugalde and Lenka Branichova)

    •   Several Information Sessions, featuring LapDogs very own Larry Woo

    •   Movie Night at Duke’s Cycle

    •   General passing of the hat.

      Their original goal of raising $1500 was greatly surpassed. LapDogs were proud to announce that they were able to donate $2800 to Ability Gives. “We are very pleased to know that this money will be going directly to young Owen”.

      The cycling club has also made Owen an honourary LapDog and they will be presenting him with a club jersey, cycling cap and water bottle.

    This isn’t the first of its kind to be donated to a special child in need – Ability Online has other members who are enjoying their new sense of freedom through the Ability Gives with their adaptive bikes!

    This holiday season why not help out a child who needs it most. When you ‘Give the Gift of Independence’ it not only provides a child with Angelman’s Syndrome (to name just one of the disability groups supported) but it also helps support the families, countless teachers and health care professionals who work non-stop at supporting their loved ones and clients.

    For media inquiries please contact Amie Lauder from Kaiser Lachance Communications at or 647.725.2520 ext. 210

    Ability Online is a registered, Charitable Organization that has been operating in Canada since 1992 and is built on relationships with over 200 community and healthcare partnerships across North America. It provides a unique, online community that enriches the lives of children and youth living with disabilities or chronic, acute illnesses. Within its secure and monitored environment, members have the opportunity to meet, learn, develop skills and enjoy the company of others who have faced similar challenges. For more information please visit