Please join us for #GivingTuesday to raise $5,000 for 5 new AMTRYKES!
This Giving Tuesday, help VT AMBUCS give the gift of an
AmTryke bike—a perfect gift that inspires people of all ages and abilities to
conquer the challenges of riding a bike independently. Though it is a
therapeutic tricycle designed to help improve motor skills, provide strength
training, and build self-esteem, the AmTryke’s most important feature is that
it is fun to ride and offers riders the chance of inclusive play and recreation
with friends and family. Kids get to be kids, and adults gain the ability to
ride with family members and/or peers getting some of the independence they
want and need. Tristan is the perfect testament to that.
Tristan's Story: Born to be a Speed Racer
"In 2009, my husband and I adopted Tristan, and soon after his adoption we realized his mobility was more limited than other children his age. After many visits to physicians, Tristan was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, and although we were devastated by the news, we were thankful that his condition was considered mild.
Through local contacts, we were put in touch with VT AMBUCS and we were fortunate enough to learn that an upcoming bike fitting was taking place in Burlington. So one Saturday in May, we loaded all the kids into the van and headed to Burlington. We knew the bikes were quite expensive and we'd probably have to figure out a way to get one for Tristan. Our appointment was one of the last ones, and when the therapists put Tristan on his bike, he immediately started pedaling it around the facility! At that moment, no boy could have been happier! This bike enabled him to stay balanced, and he was securely strapped into its seat. He could reach the pedals and they pedaled easy enough for his weak legs to handle. The handle bars were adjustable and could be position just right for him, and he could grasp the brake with ease. We were excited to see the results of this bike but we also knew he'd have to wait to take it home until we could afford it. But we soon learned that this bike was an outgrown bike (Pay it Forward program bike) and it would be HIS!! The best part, however, was that this bike went FAST! No longer would he be the one who lagged behind. His new bike would allow him to keep pace with his siblings, which gave him more joy than anyone can ever imagine.
Looking at his bike today, the basket is broken and the straps have been removed from his seat, the wooden blocks that were necessary for him to reach the pedals are long gone, and his seat and handlebars have been adjusted multiple times...one would think this bike has been mistreated. But the truth of the matter is, this bike has been LOVED to death. He's spent countless hours riding it in our driveway, and we've even taken it on the road. He's still able to keep up with his siblings but now he's yearning for something a little different. This bike has enabled his confidence to grow, along with his balance and strength. He's ready for the next step, a more traditional bike with larger-than-normal training wheels. At nine, he's ready to take the next step. Perhaps we will even try another big AMTRYKE!"