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.
As Tristan grew, we soon realized that his CP wasn't going to limit him in anyway. His desire and determination to do as his siblings did was going to keep him motivated and active his own life. He learned to crawl at about 18 months, and with the help of a walker, he began talking his first steps around 2 1/2 years. His smile said it all as he cruised around the house.
Sam has been over the moon to be able to ride a bike! Even better both boys can ride their bikes together and it has been a family activity that wouldn't have been possible without the Vermont Friends of Ambucs. As you can see from the pictures every boy needs a bike! It takes a village and I am so happy we live in such a supportive community! THANKS! Sandra Sherburne
We walked into the gym and saw numerous options lined up around the edges of the room, with kids trying out bikes in the middle. Staffed by people who knew and understood limitations-- and seemed to have an answer for every possible adaptation-- a bike was chosen and options were adjusted until Chloe sat smiling, perched on her own perfect bike!
We couldn't believe just what this bike could do for her. Fitted to her size, but with room to grow, room to adjust as her needs changed, we knew it was something we wanted for her.
Before this experience, we didn't even know a bicycle could be an option for Chloe. Now she pedals and smiles, through the neighborhood and even in the halls of her school, where they let her pedal through the winter. We are so appreciative of what they have done for us!"
Allison Odom, 11/19/15