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Beep for B'man

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 by The Children's Institute


Image of B'man and brother
Sometimes it is the simple things that make people smile. For Bill Carney, affectionately known as “B’man,” a student with cerebral palsy in The Day School at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh – it’s the sound of beeping cars that makes him smile and laugh. This joy sparked a local movement to “Beep for B’man,” soliciting honks, beeps, and waves from the driving public that spot B’man in his “corner office” in Fox Chapel Plaza.


“We’re blessed to have The Children’s institute. They’re one of the reasons why we moved and stayed here in Pittsburgh,” said Beth Carney, mother to 14-year-old Bill and his twin Paul, who moved her family 450 miles to Pittsburgh from Grand Rapids, Michigan to enroll Bill in The Day School at The Children’s Institute. “What they do here is just unmatched in many other parts of the country and that’s based on feedback from other special needs parents,” said Beth.

So when “Beep for B’man” started taking off with a show of community support, it was more than Beth could have imagined. “We didn’t have a sign. We were just watching cars,” said Beth of her and her sons who would quickly grow more company as word about “Beep for B’man” spread online and through social media.

“He’s having so much fun and the support is unbelievable,” said Beth.

From local businesses to community groups across various areas of Pittsburgh – people are finding ways to get involved and spread both joy and awareness.

The Original Mattress Factory, who has a location on Freeport Road in Fox Chapel, teamed up with Excel Signworks of Sharpsburg to create “Beep for B’man” stickers available at all of their Pittsburgh area locations. B’man even paid a visit to their factory where he saw his first HI-LO forklift. What did he want to do with it? Beep it, of course.

A group from McKees Rocks had an approximately 60-vehicle caravan – including police cruisers, fire trucks, towing trucks and more – from McKees Rocks Plaza to Fox Chapel Plaza, where they held a special pizza party fundraiser in B’man’s honor, raising nearly $2,000 in just three hours to be donated to the Amazing Kids Fund at The Children’s Institute.

McKees Rocks Group Event - Shot of Parking Lot
McKees Rocks Group Event - Group Photo
These are just two of many incredible examples of support from individuals and communities who otherwise may not have ever come together without B’man.

For Beth, what started as a simple activity to bring her son joy has turned into so much more. “We have these amazing people that have organized an unbelievable event that has pulled communities together,” she said. “To be able to present a check from a community of people we’ve never met, or only met once or twice, and to be able to do this for The Children’s Institute whose done so much for B – it’s unbelievable.”

check presentation to The Children
Chrissy Carter Rust of McKees Rocks with B'man at The Children's Institute
While the impact on B’man is great, the Carney family may not have anticipated the tremendous impact they would have on others as well. B’man’s smile is amazingly infectious – to see him smile makes others happy, too.

“It’s unbelievable the messages that I get from people that they send me,” said Beth. “One lady said she had a horribly tragic day and B’man’s smile was the one highlight that she had to hold onto. It’s amazing.”

At The Children’s Institute, we are so grateful to be part of B’man’s journey. Beep for B’man!

All B’man asks for is honks and beeps to make him smile, but if you wish to make a gift to The Children’s Institute’s Amazing Kids Fund in his honor, visit https://www.amazingkids.org/beepforbman .
Special thanks to Jack Wolf Photography for beautifully capturing the McKees Rocks fundraiser event.


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