Adaptive Bike Helps Katelyn Ride Again

A story to make you SMILE.

On February 15, 2017, Variety partnered with Pioneer Education Center to present adaptive bikes, adaptive strollers, and communication devices to more than 15 kids! It was a morning of fun, freedom, and communication, as Variety gave these children an opportunity to discover new possibilities for their own lives.

Katelyn, age 11 received her lime-green adaptive bike. Her mom, Renee gave voice to what this gift meant,

Katelyn is all smiles above on her new lime green bike!

This past year and a half have been quite challenging for Katelyn with a new diagnosis, a “hip fusion”, and battling severe infection… she lost the ability to do many activities she once enjoyed doing, like riding a bike.

Now that she has recovered enough to start trying activities again, this bike is coming at the most opportune time!

It will help strengthen her legs, be more active, and, hopefully by the spring time, she will get to ride bikes with her brother and best friend, who also received an adaptive bike from Variety!

We cannot express to you how grateful we are, and we hope this is the first step in Katelyn gaining some independence she has lost, as well as it being a really cool and fun way to ride a bike!”

You can watch the parade of bikes and strollers (including cheers from attendees) by clicking this link.

Additionally, it was thrilling to watch as Camden, age 4 received his new communication device, and then instantly started using it. This device became his voice, Wednesday! 

Camden is pictured showing off his new device with his mom and grandmother!

 

During the presentation, Camden immediately began using his new device – his new voice!

 

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