DENVER – Kids Wish Network and the Mile High AMBUCS gave an 8-year-old Denver boy his dream: a new bike.
Jonathan suffers from Microcephaly, Cerebral Palsy and a seizure disorder. He requires supervision and undergoes various therapies each week. He must wear special braces while walking and has very low muscle tone and stamina.
“A teacher that used to work with Jonathan and has helped us a lot referred Jonathan to Kids Wish Network,” said Jonathan’s mother Edna.
When it came time to confirm Jonathan’s wish, he decided that he wanted a special bike that he could ride without any help. His Kids Wish Network wish coordinator got to work and came in contact with an awesome group of people at the Mile High AMBUCS. With the help of Ed, the Ambility Program Coordinator at the Mile High AMBUCS, Jonathan was soon riding his very own AmTryke Tricycle.
“Jonathan came up for a tryke fitting and we decided we would just give it [the tryke] to him at the event and figure out the details of paying for it later. We thought, ‘we have these trykes here. Let’s just give him one,’” Ed said.
According to the AMBUCS website, AMBUCS is a non-profit service organization consisting of a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
Because of his illnesses, Jonathan is not able to ride a standard bike. But his new tryke is specially designed so he can ride on his own.
“The model is the ProSeries 1416 therapeutic tryke which is designed for larger children [ages 6 to 12-years-old] and provides extra trunk support for children with balance issues or low muscle tone,” Ed said.
Edna said that the tryke has been a dream come true for Jonathan.
“He loves it. He will not get off the bike,” Edna said. “He slept with it in his room the first night. This was his wish and my wish for him. Now he can feel like he is a part of it when he sees other kids on their bikes. I’m blessed.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Jonathan’s wish such a special experience: Mile High AMBUCS
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children in crisis. Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is just a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org