2012 Grand Prize Winners

Meet : Connie Hankins - 2012 Individual LOVEbug Contest Winner.

Connie Hankins of Naperville has been building and modifying trikes for children with special needs since 1996 when she got involved with the Pioneers, her husband's retirement organization. They had a tricycle project that appealed to Connie because of her background as a retired Registered Nurse and her love of children. Since then, around 70 children a year have benefited from receiving a free tricycle; nearly 1000 children to date.

This year, because of publicity from People Magazine, The Daily Herald, and Diane Sawyer's World News on ABC, 145 orders from all over the U.S. have been received. Many of the children cannot pedal a regular trike, so special back supports with safety belts, and foot containments that hold their feet on the pedals are added to each trike; along with upright handlebars if needed. This is a very fulfilling and worthwhile project because of the impact it has on the children's lives. It gives them excellent therapy, freedom, and ultimately sheer joy.

Tricycles Give Boost to Disabled Kids - ABC News


Meet : Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. - 2012 Non-Profit LOVEbug Contest Winner.

Children's Oncology Services, Inc. Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. (COSI), is a leader in providing educational and outreach camp programs for children with cancer. Their One Step At a Time Summer Camp offers 10 camp programs throughout the year designed to meet the emotional, educational, and support needs of the pediatric cancer patients and their families. COSI hosted over 500 children in 2010 helping them to make friendships for life, giving them confidence, and offering them a diversion from their illness.

Visit Children's Oncology Services, Inc. online at www.onestepcamp.org

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  • Meet: Stephanie Flood - LOVEbug2 Contest Winner Meet: Stephanie Flood - LOVEbug2 Contest Winner
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