Even as grown adults, we can still look back on the days we learned how to ride a bike as one of the first life challenges we ever conquered.
And boy does it feel good.
That is the same feeling 5-year-old Izabella Edds now has after riding her new bike for the first time. The only difference for her – the idea of simply riding a bike seemed so far out of reach for her and her family.
Izabella suffers from spinal bifida. This significantly restricts her ability to move her legs, thus preventing her from riding a common bicycle. And while there are customized bikes specifically designed for children like this with special needs, they typically cost thousands of dollars.
In other words, it becomes a purchase that is difficult for many to afford.
Enter Andrew McLindon, founder of the McLindon Family Foundation. Realizing Izabella isn’t the only child with substantial disabilities, he set up this non-profit company for one main reason – to purchase the expensive bikes, and then give them away at absolutely no cost.
And today it was Izabella’s turn to receive one.
“The rush that you get when you see a kid get a bike, it’s amazing” says McLindon. “They just beam, they can’t believe it.”
McLindon says there is a very high demand from parents across the country for these bikes. So with the help of the foundation, he has set up a waiting list with hopes of donating these customized bicycles to every child on it…very soon.
And in the meantime, the simple joy of pedaling a bicycle with friends at the park is now a moment that makes young Izabella feel like a true rock star.
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