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Organization gives kids bicycle mobility

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- An east Texas organization makes riding a bicycle for all kids a reality, providing modified bikes for children with debilitating injury or birth defect. The 'Reserve' in Longview today was filled with kids having the simple fun of riding bicycles. But these were specially modified 'amtrykes' donated from Longview AMBUCS.

"Our therapists around the area go out find recipients, people that need therapeutic tricycles. They're fitted to give mobility to people that can't in a lot of cases aren't mobile at all outside of a wheelchair," says event organizer Paul Herring.

15 modified bikes were given away to recipients by AMBUCS, in the annual amtryke rodeo.

"The amtryke of course was invented right here in Longview. Our mission is provide mobility for people with disabilities," Herring says.

The bikes have hundreds , sometimes thousands of dollars worth of modifications. Individually designed for movement through what best means the child has.

"It feels wonderful, like you're just sitting here but you're working your arms and your stomach," says 10 year old amtryke recipient Abbi Peninger.

For the parents, it was a chance to see their kids ride without help for the first time like any other child.

"It feels good," Peninger says, organizers say the payoff is the reaction of the children.

"You see a child riding a bike that can't ride a normal bicycle, it lets them be with their friends and sometimes they get so excited the can't hardly stand it," adds herring.

Longview AMBUCS has given away 146 amtrykes and built 25 wheelchair ramps for families in Gregg county in the past year.

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