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Cincinnati Children's helps kids living with disabilities 'be.well'

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Posted at 6:47 PM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-28 13:19:25-05

Cincinnati Children's Hospital helped kids living with physical disabilities take to the slopes at Perfect North on Saturday to enjoy a day of activity and fun, through a program called be.well.

The program, run through Cincinnati Children's Hospital's division of occupational therapy and physical therapy, is designed to help children living with disabilities enjoy different sports and physical activity.

On Saturday, a total of 15 kids hit the slopes, assisted by special equipment designed to help any child participating enjoy a day of skiing.

"We were seeing kids in therapy for far too long, it was like you were always in therapy, never getting out," said Danny Meyer, founder of the be.well program. "We wanted to give chances for kids to get out and try something that maybe they wouldn't have tried before or maybe wouldn't have thought to be able to see my clients get out and do things that I love to do, it just means the world and it's really why I get up every day."

Meyer, alongside Fred Neurohr, who also works with Cincinnati Children's, took the kids to Perfect North on Saturday, but the program provides year-round opportunities to try new activities like tennis, fencing, basketball and rugby.

As the weather gets warmer, Meyer said they're opening the program up to provide adaptive rock climbing, water skiing, hand cycling and parafencing, which is fencing in wheelchairs.

Anyone interested in getting involved in future events or signing children up to participate can text bewell to 66866.