Beautiful Julia enjoying the wind in her face on her first bike ride two years ago!

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Bug is featured in the July/August issue of the Scout Somerville.  

The article highlights 40 of Somerville’s Activists, Artists, Officials, Restaurateurs & More

Working To Make Our City The Best In The Nation!  


4th Annual Virtual Lemonade Stand!


Thank You to all of our Volunteers, Friends, Family and New Friends that came out to help make this year’s Lemonade Stand a Success! We have a list of people who deserve a special thank you for helping make this year’s event possible!

 Windsor @ Maxwell’s Green

Teamsters Boston Local 25

East Cambridge Savings Bank

Herb Chambers MV1

Somerville Fire Department

Somerville Police Department

AA Rental

New England Teamster Credit Union

Hemlock Ink

Scout Somerville

Marjorie Nichols

Thanks to everyone who lent a helping hand, who has donated, who supports our efforts with Bug’s Bikes/.  Pictures of this years event to be posted soon.

Saturday August 20th will be our 4th Annual Lemonade Stand.

This will be a fun filled day for the whole family.

There will be fun for the whole family!  Come on down and enjoy

Lawn Games

Face Painting


Adaptive Bike Demos

Touch a Truck

Bike Parade


Schedule of Events:

10:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Lemonade, Lawn Games, Raffles, face painting, bike demos, family fun!

10:00  am – 12:00 pm:  Teamsters Local 25 Touch a Truck

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:  Decorate your Bike for the Bike Parade

1:00 pm:  Bike Parade around the Green

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm:  Somerville Fire Department Fire Truck Touch a Truck

3:00pm:  Pull the Strider Raffle winner

4:00 pm close shop until next year!

We ask for a small donation to from each family to participate in the fun if you are able to help raise funds for kids in need of Adaptive Bicycles.


Our list of people to Thank is growing!

Teamsters Local 25

New England Teamster Federal Credit Union

Somerville Fire Department

Scout Somerville

Windsor at Maxwell’s Green


If you can not make the event but would like to make a secure donation to Bug’s Bikes please use this form

Thank You All!
Kelly, Steve and Bug and everyone else at Bug’s Bikes!

Past Lemonade Stands


Donate Here!

Bug Delivering Sienna’s bike
Bug’s Bikes was born out of a Lemonade Stand Bug asked to have in August 2013.  He raised just over $2000 over 3 days.  We decided we couldn’t stop there, so we created Bug’s Bikes, Inc. so we could continue helping Bug raise money for his friends to have the opportunity to have their own bikes just like he has his!
Bug gave his first bike away to 5-year-old Sienna Brown on October 2nd, 2013 and WOW!  What an amazing joy it brought to each and every one of us.  To see the joy on Sienna’s face when she received her bike made us all want to do it again and again and again!  8 year old Chris Tocci is was bike recipient number 2 and received his bike over the summer of 2014.  It was his dream to keep up with his sister on a bicycle instead of his chair and that dream has come true!  Seeing the looks on these children’s faces when they get to ride a bike for the first time is FUN!  Help us make more children smile!
What started as the whim of a big-hearted child to help make others like him happy has become a family and community effort to provide the childhood experience of riding a bike to all children.  Riding a bike should be an opportunity all children have despite their ability, disability or agility.  Bug’s bike’s goal is to provide adaptive and therapeutic bicycles to children with disabilities as well as to provide parents and as well as therapists and providers with the information and education they need to choose the appropriate bike for each child.  Our focus is solely Adaptive Bicycles.
We can’t do this with out your help.  A basic adaptive trike is running between $600 and $1000 depending on the disability and the adaptations needed the price tags for some children can run as high as $3000 or more.  We need your help to make bikes a reality for as many children as we can.  Let’s help Bug raise money for “Bikes like mine for kids like me!”
We have Delivered, ordered or approved grants for 6 bikes so far in 2014 and we are not done yet!  Help us grant more bikes and put more smiles on more faces!


Kailyn’s Memorial Fund

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9 year old Kailyn Krishtal was born with Cerebral Palsy and as one can imagine lived a life that was dotted with numerous appointments, and doctors, specialists, and oh, hospital stays. From what I have been told there were many many hospital stays. Kailyn though was a fighter. She has been described to me as having fought very hard, having endured. Yet, as I can plainly see and I am sure you can as well, she was full of light. Beautiful, loved by her family and of course returned that love!  Kailyn left her loving family, her parents, sister and brother on April 12, 2014.

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Kailyn was best known for her cabbage patch cheeks, beautiful red locks and amazing fashion sense. She loved music, all things Disney, swinging on the hammock with Grandpa, being outside and playing bubbles with her cousins, mylar baloons, listening to stories, being around other kids and school.

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The Framingham Police have made a donation to Bug’s Bikes in Kailyn’s memory, so that other kids can enjoy time on their bikes with family and friends. We have decided to go one step further and have set up Kailyn’s Fund. The funds donated in Kailyn’s name will go to an adaptive bike for a child with special needs who has a parent who is a first responder.  We can not think of a better way to honor Kailyn’s memory and thank her parents for their community service as police officers.

By filling out the form below you will be donating directly to Kailyn’s Fund. You can also mail a check to Bug’s Bikes, Inc., P.O. Box 45643, Somerville, MA 02145. Please indicate on the check that you would like to contribute to Kailyn’s Fund.


Lemonade to Learn AND Earn

Lemonade Taste Testing At Kennedy Day School!

Those Kennedy Day School kids are at it again!  This time they are taste testing lemonade to decide which brand is preferred by their customers.  Check out what skills they are putting to use and what adventures they find in their quest to find the best lemonade on the market to sell at their Bug’s Bikes Lemonade Stand!  Read their Blog  by clicking the link below.



And they are building!  Catch up with the kids from KDS and see how their Lemonade Stand is going.  Here is a sneak Peek…

Tape-ChoiceCheck out the rest of the blog here to see what else they are up to and how they are bringing this lemonade stand alive!




As many of you know, Bug’s Bikes is the brain child of our wonderful 5 year old who we warmly refer to as Bug. After finishing his second day of Adaptive Bike Camp at Franciscan Hospital for Children last summer, Bug realized that he was the only child taking home his bike every day. Adamant that other children should be able to experience the joy of riding a bike, and be able to bring those bikes home, we worked together as a family to launch Bug’s Bikes with a Lemonade Stand.


The Kennedy Day School (KDS) is a program located on-site at Franciscan Hospital for Children providing collaborative special education, therapeutic and health services to over 80 students, ages 3 to 22, with significant, complex needs. The Project Excel vocational program at KDS provides an array of vocational opportunities for students 14 years of age and older.


The Kennedy Day School is collaborating with Bug’s Bikes on opening the first Bug’s Bikes Lemonade Stand in a school environment! Students from the Project Excel program were so inspired by Bug that they are now working with their teachers to assist in all aspects of the project – from building to decorating, designing advertisements to squeezing lemons. Further, the money raised from the opening of the lemonade stand will be used to purchase an adaptive bicycle for a KDS student!   The KDS students and staff will be keeping us updated on their lemonade stand progress and posting updates on the FHC blog, HERE.

This is a program that we hope to build upon in order to help other schools fund bikes for students in need.  Please follow along with us and watch the KDS progress as this collaboration and program evolves.

Apply For A Bike!


Bug’s Bikes Eligibility and Application

Please note there have been changes made to the eligibility requirements with regards to income.  We are also now accepting applications for partial grants.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling quarterly schedule based on fund availability.  We will review applications at Quarterly Board Meetings.

Bug’s Bikes Mission

Bug’s Bikes, Inc. is a non-profit created to carry out Bug’s wish to make sure kids like him are able to have bikes like his.  Bug’s Bikes goal is to help remove the financial obstacles that so often stand in the way of families raising children with disabilities from buying something as costly as a bike.

1) To provide financial assistance through fundraising, grants and solicitation of donations for the sole purpose of purchasing adaptive and therapeutic bicycles, helmets and other accessories for children with special needs.

2) To provide educational resources and information necessary for families and therapists to assist with determining the appropriate type and size of adapted bicycle for each child.

3) To receive, administer and distribute funds in connection with any activities related to the above purposes.

Bug’s Bikes, Inc. is an official non-profit corporation functioning in accordance with all Massachusetts and federal non-profit guidelines and for the sole purpose to carry out the mission listed above.

Eligibility for Funding through Bug’s Bikes

To be eligible the following criteria must be met:

  1.  The applicant child must be between 5 and 21 years of age.
  2. The applicant child must reside in the State of Massachusetts.
  3. The applicant child must have a physical, intellectual or sensory disability documented by a physician.
  4. All applicants must submit a completed Bug’s Bikes application in full with all necessary attachments.
  5. All applicants’ household income must meet the Bug’s Bikes income guidelines.  Income verification is a requirement of all applicants.
  6. All applicants must submit a letter from a MD, physical or occupational therapist indicating that an adaptive bicycle would be medically appropriate and therapeutic for the child and that a conventional bicycle would not be appropriate.  The letter should also state if the child has successfully trialed an adaptive bicycle and what kind of adaptations are necessary, any measurements taken and any other pertinent information.*

* If the child is not regularly followed by a physical or occupational therapist, we can assist with determining an appropriate adaptive Bicycle for the applicant.

The following income requirements are guidelines and will be considered along with other information such as families other out of pocket medical expenses in order to qualify:

Your gross annual Income must be equal to or below

Family of 2: $67,443

Family of 3: $82,495

Family of 4: $103,624

*For families in excess of 4 people add $8100 per additional child.


For families who do not meet the income eligibility but are interested in fundraising opportunities and purchasing a bike at a discounted rate, please contact

How to Apply for Funding Assistance:

  1. Read the application carefully and complete all information.  Please PRINT or TYPE.  An application that is not complete will be returned.
  2. If you need help completing any part of the application, please contact

Kelly De Angelis at 617-293-6503 or

  1. Attach copies of proof of all household gross income, explanation of additional expenses, proof of diagnosis and Referral Letter from a licensed therapist or MD to application.  All documents must be current, within 60 days of application date.  Do not forget to sign and date your application.
  2. Mail completed application to

Bug’s Bikes

Attn:  Kelly De Angelis

5 Maxwell’sGreen #101

Somerville, MA 02144

Proof of Household Income Verification Is Listed Below:

  1.  If a household member is employed:  3 consecutive paystubs from the last 60 days for each person working in the household.  If you cannot send paystubs please submit a signed and dated letter from your employer on company letterhead which states the hourly rate, number of regular hours worked per day, frequency of pay and gross pay.  Please also be sure to provide bonus and commission information as well.  Be sure the employer’s phone number and address are included in case there are any questions.
  2. If a household member is a seasonal or temporary employee:  Indicate the number of months worked during the year and if unemployment compensation is received when not working.
  3. If a household member receives Unemployment Compensation:  Submit the Notice of Financial Determination award Letter or Check Stubs.
  4. If a house member receives Social Security, Survivor’s or Disability benefits, retirement, pension, or Worker’s Compensation:  Submit the most recent award letter, Form 1099, or bank statement which shows the direct deposits to the bank.

All applications will be reviewed by Bug’s Bikes, Inc.’s Board.  All complete qualifying applications will be considered.  Bikes will be granted based on available funds.  Recipients will be chosen by the board from all qualifying applications based on a variety of considerations.  Qualifying applications will be kept on file.


Submit Applications any time of the year and your application will be reviewed at our next quarterly board meeting.

Bug’s bikes application


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Bug’s Bikes, Inc.

Attn: Kelly De Angelis

5 Maxwells Green #101

Somerville, MA 02144



President: Kelly De Angelis

Director:  Steven De Angelis

Founder:  Bug

Treasurer:  Carrie L. Nash

Clerk:  Maria Fragala Pinkham


Bug’s Bikes, Inc. is a Non-Profit Corporation in accordance with all MA and Federal laws.  All activity is for the sole purpose

1) to provide financial assistance through fundraising, grants and solicitation of donations for the sole purpose of purchasing  adaptive and therapeutic bicycles, helmets and other accessories for children with special needs; 2) to provide educational resources and information necessary for families and therapists to assist with determining the appropriate type and size of bicycle for each child; and 3) to receive, administer and distribute funds in connection with any activities related to the above purposes.


Who’s Bug and What’s With These Bikes?



Bug’s Bikes is the brain child of our 5 year old who we warmly refer to as Bug. Bug is Visually impaired with High Functioning Autism and medical complexities. Bug’s Bikes in many respects is really HIS Non-Profit Corporation, unfortunately in Massachusetts he is too young for it to be officially so…  So Mom and Dad are helping him out a bit!
After finishing his second day of Adaptive Bike Camp he realized he was the only child taking his bike home everyday and that made him very sad. He was adamant that all the kids should be able to bring their bikes home. Of course he had no idea what went into getting his own bike or the funding necessary for some of these children to be able to bring their own bikes home. In Bug’ mind, they just should all have a bike.  The adaptations are there to allow these children to ride despite physical disability or lack of agility! Unfortunately it is cost prohibitive for most families like ours. Funding is out of reach for many families.
So out of Bug’s sadness and the heartwarming joy it brought my husband and I watching these children riding these bikes… Bug’s Bikes was born!
Bug’s Bikes, Inc. is an official Non-Profit Corporation functioning in accordance with all Massachusetts and Federal Non-Profit Guidelines

1) to provide financial assistance through fundraising, grants and solicitation of donations for the sole purpose of purchasing  adaptive and therapeutic bicycles, helmets and other accessories for children with special needs; 2) to provide educational resources and information necessary for families and therapists to assist with determining the appropriate type and size of bicycle for each child; and 3) to receive, administer and distribute funds in connection with any activities related to the above purposes.