was full speed ahead for five-year-old Jade Whitley and 11 other children as
they enjoyed brand new AmTrykes.
wonderful people got me a bike," said Whitley.
AmTrykes are therapeutic bicycles specifically for children with special needs.
can ride with all the other children," said Whitley.
non-profit organization, the Lufkin Ambucs provided the bikes for the children
with no cost to the family.
The Lufkin Ambucs were formed in June of 2013
and after months of fundraising Saturday was their first bike give-a-way.
can be modified for almost any size or special need," said Cindy Melvin.
Ambucs President Cindy Melvin says the bikes come with a push bar for parents
to assist their children but they can be operated by hand or foot which helps
the kids improve strength, balance and coordination.
of the kids that are here today aren't walking independently but can learn to
pedal these bikes independently," said Melvin.
Peterson has seen the benefits of the AmTryke first-hand, Saturday her
5-year-old daughter Ellie received her second bike.
says it wasn't until having the bike Ellie was able to take her first steps at
the age of three.
that bike it really strengthened her core and I have no doubt without that bike
she might not be walking today," said Peterson.
Whitely says her daughter Jade was born at three pounds and has cerebral palsy
and says having this bike will give her a sense of independence.
able to ride it and its safe for her unlike a regular bike that could fall over
these are bikes made for people with her condition," said Bonnie Whitley.
with a new set of wheels these kids aren't letting anything hold them back.
more information about the Lufkin Ambucs visit their website: www.ambucs.org
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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