Medina Rotary secures bike for local man, helping him live more independently

Posted 9 June 2022 at 2:18 pm

Press Release, Medina Rotary Club

Provided photo: Medina Rotary Club President Ben McPherson, left, and Ronald Jackson are shown with a bike Rotary got for Jackson to help him get around town.

MEDINA – The Medina Rotary Club last month received an email requesting help. The email was from Samantha Fisher, a social worker for Monroe Plan for Medical Care located in Pittsford. Ms. Fisher had a client in need of transportation.

The recipient, Ronald Jackson, was a person in desperate need of a bicycle.

“He is on a very tight income due to being disabled and is currently not living near a bus stop,” Fisher wrote. “He is hoping to purchase a bicycle to help him get back and forth to the store and around Medina.”

Fisher said she contacted the Rotary Club after checking with other organizations and they unable to assist.

After several emails back and forth the Rotary Club was able to find a bike for Jackson. On Friday, May 27th, he received his bicycle.

“Ron has been doing such a great job to keep up on appointments and maintain his apartment, and now he has his dog!!” Fisher said in an update to the Rotary Club. “He has been doing great and I want to try and contact an agency who might be able to help him take another step towards being self-sufficient. Having this bike will open up so much more for him, being able to get to stores and even the library if he wanted to. The bike was his idea to increase his mobility and community access.”

Mr. Jackson, in a follow-up conversation, said, “Thank you so much! I love it! At my age, though, it is tough to get up large hills. I only made it three quarters of the way the first day. But I will get there!!!”