BIKES FUNDED! - Page 9

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"I’m wheely, wheely excited!"

Daniel H., 5, Lancaster
Cerebral Palsy

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"Riding a bike is so much fun!!"

Francesca R., 6, Winchester
Batten disease, autism, epilepsy

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"I am looking forward to more group rides with my friends."

Mason R., 12, Columbus
Cerebral Palsy

Mason absolutely loves outdoor play. His friends ride bikes and he would love to join in. He is very much an outdoor kid, We hope this bike will help increase his activity and increase his endurance.

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"Life is a beautiful ride."

Anna G., 18, Hilliard
Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy that also causes developmental delays

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"I am ready for a bike race, wohooo!"

Wyatt P., 10, Westerville
Spina bifida

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"A bicycle will be my new best friend."

Mason P.

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"I can't wait to go bike riding with my siblings."

William P., 7, Newark
Down Syndrome

William is the youngest of 7 and loves to try to keep up with his older siblings. A bike would greatly help with this.

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"Let’s go for a bike ride!"

Joshua M., 6, Columbus
Autism

Josh is a very sweet boy, always smiling, energetic, who likes playing with his ball, cars and sliding at the park.

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"I like to ride bikes."

Reema A., 11, Lewis Center
Global Devt Delay, Cerebral Palsy

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"One day, I’ll get to ride a bike."

Charity D., 7, Columbus
Global Development delay, Autism, had seizures, has tremors

Charity loves reading books and using her tablet. I like to see her move forward health-wise. Her right side is weak and I want her to be more active.

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"I can now ride with my friends."

Josiah J., 10, Columbus
CMT

Josiah loves to be active and stay busy! He wants to be able to keep up with peers and be more independent. Josiah will benefit from a bike to be able to be social with peers and keep reaching therapy goals.

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"Enjoy life with a bike!"

Nathan M., 7, New Albany
Epilepsy, Autism

Nathan loves the outdoors, getting into rollercoasters, and riding a bike. He is in need of an adaptive bike so that he is able to learn to ride a bike independently and be able to have better motor coordination while riding it. He will love to feel he is part of the community while playing and riding along with neurotypical children.

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"Casey is headstrong and doesn't give up on any challenges that face him."

Casey M

Casey was born at 26 weeks with his brother Sam who passed away at 14 months from Cancer. Casey had a stroke in my belly and he was born with a white matter in his brain and later on, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Casey was behind on so many of his milestones as a baby, but this kiddo would always find a way to get in whatever he set in mind. He is an amazing creature who doesn't give up. Casey started walking when he was 2 years old almost 3! I know behind but for us as a family, it was an amazing goal that he achieved. Casey is now running around with his 4-year-old little sister Adeline.

Casey wasn't able to communicate with us so he was using the communication device to say some words. I really thought my baby wasn't going to be able to communicate but he started kindergarten, and now no one stops this kiddo’s mouth. He tells you everything is in his mind and would ask you twice just so he's sure of what he's doing. Casey is in 2nd grade right now and learning how to write is one of the biggest challenges this year.

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"Now, I can get to ride with my sister."

Don C., 5, Zanesville
Cerebral Palsy

A bike would increase Donny's range of getting around. His sister has a bike and he really likes watching her get around. So much so that he gets a little upset that he can't be doing it also. He loves trains, cars, puzzles, animals, putting things together (and knocking them down), and figuring out problems.

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"A family that rides bikes together, stays together."

Joshua S., 11, Granville
Down Syndrome

In the spring Joshua expressed that he wanted a blue bike with a red helmet. He also had bike colors picked out for his sisters as well as his mom and dad. He loves being outside and doing things with his family. Joshua loves Spiderman, swimming, nerf, and basketball.

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"This will be an awesome ride!"

Iliyana S., 9, Fredericktown
Trisomy 21, Autism

Ana is a happy little girl who has adopted at the age of 5 from Bulgaria. She had double knee surgery at seven to fix dislocated kneecaps. Summer of 2023, she got sick with pneumonia, and then went septic. She spent 12 weeks at Nationwide Children's Hospital recovering from that illness. Ana rode an adaptive bike as a part of physical therapy while inpatient and it brought her so much fun!

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"To learn something like bike riding will become my greatest achievement."

Bennett L., 15, Sunbury
Autism, Developmental Delay, Epilepsy

Bennett is an outgoing, outdoorsy type 15-year-old. He enjoys outdoor activities like camping, throwing the football, and frisbee, playing in pools, or visiting his grandparents' hot tub. He often wants to join his cousins when they ride bikes but he can’t manage the balance and coordination needed. Being able to exercise, release some pressure that builds up during school with a leisurely bike ride…I think he’d love this.

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"Beep…beep… ready for my new bike!"

Nate H., 12, Blacklick
Down Syndrome, Congenital Heart Defect

This will help Nate be more active in general and work on his balance.

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"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."

Noah Z., 12, Sunbury
ARX Mutation syndrome

He got to ride the bike while recovering from brain surgery. He really enjoyed the bike during physical therapy.

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"Riding a bike allows me to connect more with people."

Adhvik B., 4, Lewis Center
Cerebral Palsy

Adhvik has recently taken to biking this summer and this has now turned into a form of independence and confidence-building factor for him. Most evenings he wants to be out and about in the neighborhood biking, meeting new people, and making new connections. He is going to outgrow his Radio Flyer tricycle and is looking for a new bike that can enable him more.

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"I feel free and happy and strong when I ride my bike."

Maddox D., 4, Columbus
7p13.1 microdeletion sydrome

Maddox was diagnosed with a chromosome disorder right around her first birthday. We've been fortunate enough for her to be exposed to her Head Start preschool for almost three years now. Along with all the additional resources Children's Hospital has provided us, she has been excelling with the therapies given to her. She loves to play pretend with her baby dolls, toy cars & doctor kits. She has the biggest heart & she absolutely loves her friends & cousins. She loves playing with them & giving them all the hugs & kisses.

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"Found strength in riding, formed bonds in biking."

Floyd B., 8, Toledo
Trisomy-21 obesity,hypotonia,knee instability,sleep apnea

Hi! My name is Floyd but my family calls me Dj. I was born with Trisomy-21 and also a Twin sister Nadia I live in Toledo Ohio and my mom struggles with trying to find places that accept me I’m nonverbal I have childhood obesity, Hypotonia and sleep apnea. Obesity is a cause or can significantly contribute to sleep apnea. My mom tries her best to help increase my recreational activity this bike would help me with interacting with my family and peers in my community and supporting my Physical, cognitive, and social development for muscle strength, cardiopulmonary reserve, and weight management.

Thank you for any possible assistance you can provide in funding an adaptive tricycle for DJ.

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"I’ll be riding for myself to feel free.. And there I’ll find my confidence to be me."

Aero L., 12, Lewis Center
Down Syndrome and Autism

Aero is a joyous, 12-year-old kid who really loves his collection of plush, stuffed characters. He has collected creatures from all his passions; Sesame Street, Hey Duggee, Yo Gabba Gabba, The Wiggles, The Grinch, The Muppets, Super Mario Gang and so many more. Aero loves to be outside but does not really have friends to be active with as he is somewhat difficult to understand. Therefore, it would be great if he could move his body with an adaptive bicycle that would strengthen him and increase his stamina for physical activity. He would so benefit from the adaptive bicycle to gain trust and confidence in his body.

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Stephen L., 13, Delphos
Epilepsy, Spastic diplegia, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability

He loves to be outside but has trouble using a traditional bike.

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"A new bike means meeting new people."

Edmond W., 9, Columbus
Cerebral Palsy

Edmond loves to spend time with others. He is very social and excited to meet new people. Riding a bike would give him many opportunities to meet people and hang out doing a shared activity. Edmond loves music and swimming. He makes friends easily at school and anywhere he goes.

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"Can’t wait to ride a bike of my own!"

Olivia O., 16, Columbus
Autism, scoliosis, health concerns

Olivia's excited to get a new bike! This will help her improve muscle strength and endurance.

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"With a bike, I can go anywhere I want."

Evelyn H., 6
Cerebral Palsy

Impact lives with one bike today!

Every child deserves a chance to learn how to ride a bike – to feel the freedom and fun with friends and family. For thousands of central Ohio children with disabilities, the access, cost, and training for the right adaptive equipment is out of reach.

Adaptive Sports Connection provides specialized adaptive bikes for children. Working with a volunteer team of physical therapists and cycling enthusiasts, we offer bike evaluations for children, purchase adaptive bikes, put together the bikes, deliver the bikes, and teach children how to ride the bikes.

The joy on the faces of the children and parents is priceless. Last year we gave away 70 adaptive bikes to children with physical and cognitive disabilities.

This year we hope to give away 400 adaptive bikes through our Boundless Challenge Bike Giveaway for Kids.

Bikes restore a sense of possibility and ability to those whom are often told by society that their life is about limitations and disability. Help us in giving the gift of health, independence, and the freedom of mobility through adaptive cycling.

Give the gift of health, independence, and the freedom of mobility!

For more information, please contact Sharon Bucey, CEO
at sharon@adaptivesportsconnection.org or (630) 945-1787.