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ICan Bike is one of the most fulfilling nonprofit organizations out there. A program geared towards helping people with disabilities learn how to ride bicycles, iCan Bike gives the opportunity of learning to ride to thousands of people across the United States and Canada. I have had the opportunity to volunteer with this program for several years now, and it is one of my most memorable experiences ever. It’s such a rewarding feeling to be a part of giving a new, life-long skill to individuals that may have thought they would never learn to ride. It’s a really fun way to make a difference, and you sure get your exercise in when running behind the riders! It is not always all fun and games and riding though. Sometimes, the individuals don’t want to learn how to ride, or are having exceptional difficulties, or keep falling down. However, with a lot of perseverance, smiling, and ice cream treats it is even more gratifying when they take those first few pedal strokes on their own two-wheel bike. All of the camp participants have taught me more than I have taught them. Their positivity and love and strength are inspiring. Nothing beats the joy of seeing someone work so hard to achieve their goal, and I feel honored to have been along on their ride. This program is about so much more than riding bikes: it’s about independence, positivity, acceptance, and fun, and it’s been a privilege to be apart of it.