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Longview hosts Amtryke rodeo

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- A different kind of rodeo was the main event in Longview today, no cowboys to rope or ride, just volunteers dedicated to giving a few lucky kids a new found freedom.

It can be hand powered, pedaled, or push driven. Its a specially modified tricycle called an Amtryke, and it means freedom for those who get one.

"What we're doing is giving away Atrykes to children with disabilities, physical disabilities, we've put together 41 of them," said Ambucs District Governor Paul Herring.

Ambucs designs the trykes specifically for special kids and adults, to give them a freedom and independence they've never known.

"The most amazing experience you'll ever see sometimes, to see a child that's never been able to do anything except sit in a wheelchair and for the very first time they can do things that their siblings can do, you'll see a smile like you've never seen before," said Herring.

Katie Bobo, a Pine Tree student, was overjoyed with her Amtryke. "I'm happy, I've never been on a bike so I love it," said Bobo.

Ranging from three hundred to seven hundred dollars, they're expensive, but what they give the kids is priceless.

"It is wonderful, she's never been able to ride a regular bike, said Katie's mother, Donna. "It's good exercise, she'll be doing things with other kids."

Community donations pay for the bikes, whose payoff comes in smiles.

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